The need for a place for people with memory loss and their carers to meet socially in Wimborne was certainly established this week when around 40 people turned up at the Community Learning and Resource Centre in King Street for the launch of the very first Memory Café.
The town has already been recognised as a Dementia Friendly Community.
Opened by the Mayor of Wimborne, Councillor Andy Hampton, it will enable people to get together in a friendly informal environment over a cup of tea and cake.
The café will meet twice a month and there will be a programme of optional activities such as games, quizzes, craft, reminiscence and talks from external organisations and speakers.
Jo Malyon, services manager for Alzheimer’s Society in Dorset, said:
“We are delighted to launch this service for local people living with dementia. There are over 8,000 people living with dementia in Dorset. We recognise that providing services is vital to help people live well with dementia. These services can be a real lifeline to people with dementia and their carers and provide the opportunity to meet other people in a similar situation, share experiences, find out more information but importantly to also have fun.”
If you have dementia or care for someone with dementia and would like to know more about the café, contact Jo Malyon on 01202 716393 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, just turn up from 1.30-3pm on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.