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President: Martin Berry

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Memory Cafe - Leader David Izod
With   ageing   demographics   in   the   developed   world,   there   is   an   increasing   number   of   people   with   memory   difficulties   and   greater pressure   on   their   carers.   What   is   needed   is   welcoming   support   and   respite   to   both,   within   our   community,   understanding   of their difficulties. The   concept   of   a   Memory   Café   has been    around    since    the    late    1990’s and      has      developed      in      Europe, Australia   and   the   USA.   It   provides   a place     where     any     member     of     the public,   who   feel   that   they,   or   a   person they    know,    and    may    have    a    short- term   memory   problem,   can   drop   in without   any   appointment   and   talk   to a   volunteer.   We   aim   to   provide   strong levels    of    stimulation    for    our    guests and     an     opportunity     for     carers     to exchange             experiences             and information.      We      encourage      peer interaction   and   social   contact   with   fun,   games,   singing,   current   topics   of   interest   so   that   friendships   can   develop.   This   informal setting provides emotional support and also reduces the isolation felt by people with dementia, their carers and families. We   are   committed   to   achieving   the   best   quality   of   life   for   our   guests.   We   want   to   enable   people   with   dementia   to   maintain   the maximum   possible   level   of   independence   to   remain   in   their   home   environment.     Just   as   importantly   we   try   to   provide   help   and comfort to their carers. Typically   we   will   have   tea,   coffee,   biscuits   and   a   chat   followed   by   something   of   interest   such   as   Lotto,   songs   from   the   musicals, reminiscence   boxes,   poems,   flower   arranging,   arts   and   crafts.   We   have   been   entertained   by   the   Hand   Bell   Ringers,   the   U3A Ukulele    Band,    Wimpole    Home    Farm.    and    visits    from    Spider    the    Caring    Dog.    We    are    grateful    for    support    from    the    loocal community and Tesco who have provided time, money and resources to the Cafe.