Billericay Memory Café

Dementia is incredibly challenging to go through, and it’s important that as much support as possible is provided to individuals experiencing it and their families.

 

The Billericay Memory Café, which was set up originally by the Forget Me Not Charity, has been running for quite some time, and is now facilitated by Radfield Home Care who ensure that it continues to grow and flourish.

We caught up with Charlie Lovegrove, Community Connector at Radfield Home Care, to find out more about the idea behind a memory café and how beneficial they can be for people living with dementia.

 

What is the aim behind a Memory Café?

“The original aim and one that remains, is to create a fun and friendly atmosphere for those living with Dementia and provide some comfort and respite for their loved ones and carers.

“We provide a happy and warming environment with plenty of expertise and knowledge in the field. We understand that living with dementia and caring for someone experiencing the condition is a really challenging process, so our 2 hour sessions a week hopefully provide that much needed comfort and support for all attendees.

“We have a really strong connection with other wonderful local organisations such as the Forget Me Not Activity Club, the Human Kind Café, and the Billericay Men’s Shed. We also have a fantastic relationship with Quilter’s Infant School, who often brighten up our attendee’s days by bringing pupils along to play games and meet our clients.”

 

How important are volunteers to the running of Billericay Memory Café?

“Our volunteers are so important to ensure the smooth running of the café weekly. We have a number of volunteers who support with various roles such as planning the quiz or helping with the tables or teas/coffees. If you would like to volunteer for the memory café and join our family, please contact [email protected]. We’d love to meet you!”

 

How do residents attend the café and how can volunteers offer their help?

If anyone in the community would like to join us at the memory café, please contact us on [email protected] or call Kelly (a member of our team) on 07588 623684 and we can help from there!

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