First ever Memory Cafe goes down a treat at Lido House

A FIRST ever ‘Memory Café’ was held at Lido House retirement housing in Grotton last month.

The Memory Café is a place for local people, especially those worried about their memory or living with dementia, to come along with their family and friends.

The first event in May proved a “great success” according to one of the guests and the next events are now planned for Tuesday, June 6 and Tuesday, July 4.

The Café provides refreshments and free entertainment, ranging from local rock and roll band Glenn’s Girls to interesting talks and exercise.

It was the brainchild of Vicky Shaw, scheme manager at Lido House, which offers a supportive environment and new creative ideas for living well with memory problems.

The aim of the Café is to provide a safe environment along with some light relief in a strong support group, as well as reducing the stigma of dementia and pushing the idea that creativity works to help those with memory problems.

Sue Wagstaff, a volunteer at Lido House’s Memory Café, said: “It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces.

“Everyone with dementia is different and we encourage everybody to come along, if they are alone or with friends or family”.

The Memory Café will be held on the first Tuesday of every month and costs £1 to enter.
All the money will go straight into the event to provide the refreshments.

For any more information about the ‘Memory Cafe’ please contact Sue Wagstaff on: 07841 999360.


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