Have you used an Alzheimers Cafe?

Discussion in 'ARCHIVE FORUM: Support discussions' started by Blueandy, Jan 5, 2008.

  1. Cliff

    Cliff Registered User

    Jun 29, 2007
    777
    North Wales
    #21 Cliff, Jan 23, 2008
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2008
    Have just read this thread - what a wonderful idea - will be on the phone tomorrow to see if there is one here.

    Welcome Andy and thank you for raising it. AZ Soc is marvellous but we do need to dig now and again.
     
  2. christine_batch

    christine_batch Registered User

    Jul 31, 2007
    3,388
    Buckinghamshire
    Our Local Branch has a Carer/former Carer Coffe and Chat morning and spouces with A.D. and Dementia
    have entertainment, raffle and it has been going for several years in our area and it is so popular.
    For those who cannot drive, we arrange a taxi to pick them up and take then back home.
    I wonder how many other Branches do this ?
    Christine
     
  3. Blueandy

    Blueandy Registered User

    Jan 5, 2008
    10
    Ramsgate, Kent
    Hi Sylvia
    I now have the correct address for the Alzheimer's cafe in Westbrook.
    People meet at the:

    Forget Me Not Cafe
    Westbrook House
    150, Canterbury Road
    Westbrook
    Kent.
    Tel: Jenny on 01843 254114
    The hours of opening at present are:
    Tuesdays - 2-4
    Saturdays - 2-4
    It may be possible that this venue may be open for 3 days a week depending on attendance, so please tell others you know about this much needed service.
    Regards.
    Andy.:)
     
  4. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    69,755
    Kent
    Thank you Andy.

    I won`t be able to go until the weather is warmer, I can`t get my husband to put his foot out of the door while it`s so cold. I`ll certainly try it out ASAP. and have copied the details.

    When I went to the Memory Clinic Support Group last month, at St George`s Church in Ramsgate, the staff from the Sarre Centre, had only just heard about this Cafe.

    As soon as I`ve been I`ll let you know.

    Thanks again

    Love xx
     
  5. Cliff

    Cliff Registered User

    Jun 29, 2007
    777
    North Wales
    #25 Cliff, Jan 26, 2008
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2008
    Am told our area in North East Wales will have an AZ Cafe soon.

    Will keep worrying at it because it sounds so good.
     
  6. Blueandy

    Blueandy Registered User

    Jan 5, 2008
    10
    Ramsgate, Kent
    Alzheimer's cafe.

    Hi all
    as the Alzheimer's cafe is still a fairly new concept, it appears to depend on who runs these venues as to the activities and support that is available, also their knowledge of the original idea that the Alzheimer's cafe is modelled on.
    I am aware there may be financial constraints on the organisers regarding the amount of input that can be available ie, guest speakers,literature etc.
    However, it may also depend on how well these venues are attended as to the need for the service. It has been pointed out to me that there may be people who do not have internet access, and also may have difficulty in getting to a venue if there is one in their area, so would just like to ask people who read this to get talking to other people and make them aware of this service.
    I have read about other Alzheimer's cafe's and how people tend to help out people in their area by offering a lift or keeping them updated about what is going on. We all know that any help/support that can be accessed is like gold dust and a life line for many people. I am sorry to go on, but I am passionate about this concept and believe that it can have many great benefits for people with MH problems and for carers.
    If you are unable to find and Alzheimer's Cafe in your immediate area, please message me and I will do my best to find the nearest venue to you. Thanks again.
    Andy.:)
     
  7. Norman

    Norman Registered User

    Oct 9, 2003
    4,348
    Birmingham Hades
    Hi Andy
    There are Alzheimer's cafes in the Birmingham Solihull branch area,a Godsend to some.
    Norman
     
  8. Blueandy

    Blueandy Registered User

    Jan 5, 2008
    10
    Ramsgate, Kent
    Alzheimer's cafe.

    Thanks Norman,
    hope others will see that and let them know they are there.
    Andy.:)
     
  9. carol

    carol Registered User

    Jun 24, 2004
    196
    Surrey/Hampshire
    I have been attending an Alzheimers Cafe in Farnborough, Hants for many years, we usually have a monthly talk, a rolling programme of different subjects, which is repeated on a yearly basis. We usually have two social evenings, one at christmas and one in the summer where a jazz band entertains. We have coffee, tea, and nibbles and wine after the presentation. The cafe is normally full to overflowing which proves there is a need for this sort of club. The cafe is set up like a real cafe with candles on the tables, which makes for a nice relaxing environment, it really is a very friendly evening out. It is also useful as lots of professional people come to the cafe, and they are always ready to answer any questions or help with any problems that you may have. I'll try and find the website.

    Carol
     
  10. carol

    carol Registered User

    Jun 24, 2004
    196
    Surrey/Hampshire
    #30 carol, Feb 4, 2008
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2008
  11. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    69,755
    Kent
    What a wonderful website Carol. I hope all cafes become as good as yours looks.
     
  12. TinaT

    TinaT Registered User

    Sep 27, 2006
    7,095
    Bolton
    Our cafe is called The Friendship Cafe and is run by our admiral nurse service. It is such a shame that the Admiral Nurse service is not a nationwide service as they are an invaluable aid for carers. They also make home visits and will stay with a carer throughout the good and the bad times. The cafe meets once a month and the admiral nurses organise a theme for each meeting - last month it was a wine and chese party with questions about - of course - cheese and wine. It was great fun and a lovely pleasant atmosphere. Ken was made very welcome, some carers brought their loved one, others came by themselves. Past carers were also welcome.


    We are doubly lucky in that the Local Authority also pays for part timer carer support workers - one for each area in the town. They offer advice and give tremendous support just as the admiral nurses do, they make home visits. They really care about their caerers! Between them they cover weekly or fortnightly events such as renting a local club, where indoor games such as skittles, pin ball games etc can be played, through to Crafty Carers sessions with handicraft sessions such as card making. where carers can come with or without their loved ones, past carers also use the service. During November and December there was a myriad of events organised by the above pepole. We are truely blessed with some wonderful people and a Health Trust, and Local Authority who have put their money into such things. xxx TinaT
     

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