Sunrise of Solihull recently celebrated the success of their local dementia café initiative with a special Christmas-themed edition.
This time around, attendees enjoyed a morning of festive music and a Christmas quiz whilst indulging in mince pies, gingerbread, cookies and mulled wine.
After two local dementia cafés were closed last year, Sunrise of Solihull stepped in to take over the sessions and ensure their hard work, supporting those affected by dementia and related conditions, continued.
Meetings now regularly in the Activities Lounge of the Sunrise of Solihull community, and provide a free, friendly support service for anyone affected by memory loss. The café also welcomes carers and family members to share their stories, any concerns and ask questions within a welcoming and relaxed setting.
The sessions usually involve a friendly welcome with refreshments, a structured activity such as entertainment, quizzes, discussions or a guest speaker, followed by final refreshments and goodbyes.
The group of attendees benefitting from support has grown since the sessions began in April this year, with strong friendships forming and strong feedback received all year. In 2020, Sunrise’s cafés will continue to run on the first Thursday and the fourth Monday of every month.
Jo Hopkins, Director of Community Relations at Sunrise of Solihull, said:
“We were delighted to celebrate our dementia cafes with a special Christmas party. Earlier this year, we were keen to save the cafés and ensure they could continue with our support and we are delighted to now be marking their success.
“We look forward to continuing to run this initiative throughout 2020 and support even more people affected by memory loss and their loved ones.”