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Abberton Manor

  • Colchester
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Astley Hall

  • Stourport-on-Severn
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  • Hereford
  • 01432 263131
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Nowton Court

  • Bury St Edmunds
  • 01284 756610
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  • Worcestershire
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The Lawns

  • Worcester
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West Eaton

  • Leominster
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It was cold and crisp outside yesterday, but the atmosphere in The Dementia Cafe was, as always, warm and welcoming.

The Dementia Cafe

The Dementia Cafe opened in February and runs from 2-4pm on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Liz Bloomer, the church warden at St Michaels and All Angels, and her team of helpers, took part in Dementia Friends Training through The Alzheimer’s Society. This has helped them tailor all their activities to people with dementia. They also give huge support to families and carers. It’s a safe, friendly and relaxed environment.

Some activities this Autumn

All of the activities are centred around tea and biscuits and a good catch up. There is lots of laughter, which is a great tonic and makes everyone feel very uplifted. Our residents loved the craft workshop creating firework pictures with bright paint on black card. We have also been getting our hands dirty, planting seed trays and winter bulbs.

Two ladies having a natter at the dementia cafe

A lovely moment catching up

Another really fun project, which tested our manual dexterity and involved a lot of concentration, was making bird feeders. The residents threaded cereals onto wire which we then bent to form spiral shapes or hearts. It was a very rewarding task and a real sense of pride felt by our residents, taking them home to be hung in our garden for the birds.

lady resident making a bird feeder at the dementia cafe

Making a bird feeder

Planting seed trays at the dementia cafe

Planting seed trays

The Christmas party!

Liz and her team pulled out all the stops for the Christmas party, with paper chains, a Christmas tree and fabulous buffet. The band played lots of Christmas carols, so there was a fantastic sing-a-long with lots of residents joining in with percussion instruments. We played party games such as pass the parcel. The parcel was wrapped in layers of newspaper, which stirred childhood memories for one of our residents. It was lovely to hear about Christmases gone by and traditions shared.

Christmas party at the dementia cafe

Enjoying the party

present opening at the dementia cafe Christmas party

A present from Santa!

Our residents were so delighted when a huge sack of presents was passed round so they each chose a gift. It was a lovely gesture and the icing on the (Christmas!) cake of what was a fabulous afternoon. A huge thank you and we are looking forward to our next get together at The Dementia Cafe in the New Year.

Help us support The Dementia Cafe

We have just found out that the Stourport Dementia Cafe at St Michaels, is one of the chosen charities in Tescos Bags of Help scheme. This is where they donate money raised from the sale of carrier bags to nominated charities and local causes. For more information, click the link here https://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/tescocommunityscheme

So, if you are Christmas shopping in Tescos, then please ask for the blue tokens at the checkout and help us to support this fantastic charity. Thank you!