The dementia cafes were previously run by Alzheimer’s Society Solihull, however, due to a lack of funding, the charity had to close two local cafés. Sunrise of Solihull met with Alzheimer’s Society and asked if they could take over the sessions to ensure their hard work continued. Thanks to their support, advice and help communicating the change of venue, Sunrise of Solihull launched their first café last week and received great feedback.
The first meeting was held at Sunrise on Thursday 4th April and these sessions will continue to run on the first Thursday of every month from 10:30am until 12:30pm. The next one takes place on Thursday 2nd May, beginning at 10:30am.
The dementia café is a free, friendly support service for anyone with a diagnosis of dementia, anyone experiencing memory loss and awaiting a diagnosis or those who are concerned about their memory. The café also welcomes the carer’s and family members of those living with the condition. The café is in a welcoming, relaxed setting where people can share any fears, concerns or ask questions.
The regular sessions are an important social group where those affected by dementia, and their carers, can meet in a warm environment and share experiences, receive support and, importantly, get involved with dementia focused activities. The sessions involve a friendly welcome with refreshments from 10:30am, a structured activity 11am – 12pm (for example; an entertainer, a quiz, discussion or guest speaker) then final refreshments and goodbyes 12pm – 12:30pm.
Jo Hopkins, Director of Community Relations at Sunrise of Solihull, said:
“We are really pleased that we have been able to support the local Alzheimer’s Society group and host the dementia cafés at our community. These meetings are so important and really do benefit a lot of people. We look forward to welcoming all that attend – we are here to support you.”