The Curo Memory Café, a service for local people affected by dementia, celebrated its second birthday this month with a special event in Peasedown St John.
The café, run by Curo, was set up to fill a gap in the dementia support available to people living in isolated rural communities, a group which often struggles to access the kind of help that’s more often found in urban areas like Bath.
The café is an informal gathering of people supporting each other, offering help and advice as well as a chance to enjoy a cuppa and a chat.
Peta Rahmatalla, Curo Rural Independent Living Coordinator, said: “People often lose confidence when faced with dementia as they can feel self-conscious about holding conversations and repeating themselves. The Curo Memory Café is a safe environment where people can relax, be themselves and not worry about the conversation.”
One café regular said: “I find this informal but welcoming cafe very useful – as an information hub but also for meeting others in the same situation and realising you’re not alone.”
Peta adds: “The café has been very successful and we’ve had many people through our doors since day one. Through the café we’ve been able to support people through the complex voyage they are faced with. There is a lot of practical advice we can provide for people who need it. Our aim to help people realise they’re not alone.”
The Memory Café meets at the community room at 93 Hillcrest, in Peasedown St John on the last Thursday of every month between 10.30 and noon. The café is free for anyone to come to, whether they have memory problems themselves or are caring for someone else.
The service has been supported by the Department of Health through their Dementia Challenge Fund.
Anyone who would like to know more about the Curo Memory Café or the support available locally for people with memory problems can contact Curo on 01225 366196 or visit www.curo-group.co.uk/care-and-support/dementia-support