A short history...


Daventry and District Memory Cafe

Registered Charity No. 1184292


We have had to make the decision to cancel all of the DEMCAFE meetings until the government give use reopening guidelines

I will continue to update our website and the Facebook page will continue.

We are running a Zoom support group on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 2pm each month.

To join us please use the following information

2nd Tuesday    zoom id  5130027970 passcode 016102

4th Tuesday   zoom id 71501906916

passcode Nn110gr

What those that have attended the Demcafe say about it ......

'Demcafe gives so much support to families caring for dementia sufferers.'

'Friendly support'

'Somewhere to chat and share experiences.It helps such a lot knowing there is support for all of us.'

'Valuable Information.'

'Its is a place I don't have to pretend.'

'A place to feel safe and wanted.'

'Tea and cake and biscuits'

'Good company'

'Great support and help'

A friendly and welcoming support and activity group for anyone experiencing memory problems.

 On the 2nd Tuesday of the month The Alzheimer's Society Support Worker attends to facilitate the carers support group for those  caring for individuals with a diagnoses of Dementia.

For those attending who have not been diagnosed there will be experienced volunteers available to offer support and give guidance. 

Whilst those attending with any memory problems will join in the various stimulating activities.

On the 4th Tuesday of the month an experienced Demcafe Volunteer will be facilitating a support group, providing a chance for carers to come together to share experiences, gather advice and seek support from other members of the group.

Whilst those attending with any memory problems will join in the various stimulating activities .

We meet at the Daventry Methodist church on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at1pm-3pm from January 2020.

Small charge to cover refreshments


All information has been sourced from the Alzheimer's society website

What is coronavirus?

Coronavirus causes a new illness (COVID-19) that can affect your lungs and airways.

Coronavirus symptoms in most people will be mild – a bit like cold or flu. They include: 

  • a cough

  • a high temperature

  • difficulty with breathing (shortness of breath).

A few people will get worse symptoms and need medical attention. Doctors think that people aged over 65 and anyone living with an underlying long-term health condition is more likely to get worse symptoms.

How is coronavirus spread?

Coronavirus probably spreads in cough droplets. Because it’s a new illness, we’re still learning more about it. 

To help prevent it spreading, everyone should follow this advice:

  • Wash hands often for at least 20 seconds – use soap and water or a hand sanitiser

  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue

  • If you don’t have a tissue use your elbow, not your hands

  • Put used tissues in the bin quickly.

What should I do if I have coronavirus symptoms?

If you have a new, continuous cough or a high temperature (or both) you should stay at home for 7 days. Do not go to a GP, pharmacy (chemist) or hospital – this will help protect yourself and others. If you use the internet, visit advice about staying at home for more information.

Use the NHS 111 coronavirus service – visit this online or call 111 – if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home

  • your condition gets worse

  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Somebody I care about is living with dementia. What should I do about coronavirus?

If you’re caring for a person living with dementia, you may be more worried about coronavirus. 

There are some things you can do to help prevent the person from catching any germs or viruses. If you need to self-isolate, there are also other ways to support the person with dementia. 

  • Check that they have handwash and hand sanitiser available – and that any visitors know to make use of it

  • Clean things that are handled a lot, such as remote controls, door handles and taps

  • If the person or their primary carer is self-isolating, you might help out with practical tasks. The person might need shopping dropped off, medicine collected or some library books left for them – ask how you can help

  • Make sure the person has access to the medication they need. If you or the person with dementia is advised to self-isolate, speak to a GP or local pharmacist to make sure they will have a supply. Keep checking in to make sure they are continuing to take the right medication. 

  • Check that they know who to call if they get unwell – leave the number prominently displayed

  • If the person is going to be stuck in doors for a while, encourage them to stay active and consider gentle exercises. Try to make sure they have activities that they can engage in at home as well; reading, magazines, jigsaws, music, knitting, their favourite TV/radio programmes available

  • Keep in touch. If you can’t visit the person, then stay in contact by phone, post, email or Skype. Tell the person that you’re thinking of them and encourage others to do so as well.

How does physical activity help?

Physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and can help your overall wellbeing.

  1.  It can also help you to feel more positive and mean you’re more likely to keep doing the things you enjoy.

Physical activity may improve some aspects of memory, such as helping to have clearer memories of certain events, both for people with dementia as well as those not living with the condition. It may also help to lower the risk of a person developing the condition at all. However, physical activity has not been shown to slow down or prevent dementia from progressing once a person has the condition. Physical benefits Some examples of how activity and exercise benefit you physically include:
1.improving the health of your heart and blood vessels, which can reduce the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease reducing the risk of some types of cancer (especially breast and colon cancer), stroke and type 2 diabetes .

2 improving your physical fitness – maintaining strong muscles and flexible joints can help you to stay independent (which can include enabling you to do daily activities like dressing, cleaning and cooking)

3 improving hand-eye coordination (the ability to use what you see to move your hands in response, for example eating, tying laces or hitting a ball when playing tennis) helping to keep bones strong and reducing the risk of osteoporosis  (a disease that affects the bones, making them weak and more likely  to break)

4 improving sleep reducing the risk of falls by improving strength and balance.

You should only ever exercise as much as you feel able to. If you overdo it, this can be bad for your health. For instance, too much activity for you could lead to problems such as sprains, dizziness or falls.
Pay attention to your body. If, when you exercise or do something active, you are in pain or feel unwell or are short of breath, stop doing this activity. You should then speak to your GP.

Physical activity if you have mobility difficulties

There are a number of ways to keep active even if you have mobility difficulties. Here are some examples.
For an exercise to try in the bedroom – move your hips to shuffle along the edge of a bed, in a sitting position, from one end of the bed to the other. This helps exercise the muscles needed for standing up from  a chair. Another exercise for the bedroom is to lie as flat as possible on a bed for 20–30 minutes each day, trying to reduce the gap between the curve of your back and the bed. This allows for a good stretch, strengthens abdominal muscles and gives your neck muscles a chance to relax. To help with balance and posture – try standing up and staying balanced. Hold on to a support if you need to. This can be done at the same time as everyday activities, for example when you’re doing the washing up. Sit unsupported and upright for a few minutes each day – you could sit on a seat with no back or a bed. This exercise helps to strengthen the stomach and back muscles used to support posture. You might want to ask someone to stay with you for this. Stand up and move about regularly. Moving regularly helps to keep leg muscles strong and maintain good balance.

Physical activity and exercise
Seated exercises help with muscle strength and balance and may be better for anyone who finds standing exercises more difficult. However, these can put a lot of strain on the lower back, so it’s best to speak to the GP before trying these.
Some examples of seated exercises include:
marching with your feet turning your upper body from side to side raising your heels and toes raising your arms towards the ceiling raising your opposite arm and leg straightening your legs together or in turn clapping under your legs cycling your legs making circles with your arms moving from sitting to standing.


Gardening may help to strengthen your muscles and improve your breathing.

Many people see it as an opportunity to get outdoors and do something meaningful and enjoyable. You can vary the activity level according to what you feel able to do. This means you could do something that requires less exertion like weeding or pruning, or a more intensive activity like raking or mowing the grass.


A Dementia Café was run in Daventry by the Alzheimer’ s Society until they lost their funding from Northants County Council.


The Volunteers and Carers decided that it was too important to lose the cafe and they formed a committee to consider a way forward.


This was the birth of Daventry and District Memory Café in April 2017.


To start with things were a bit ad hoc, for example, our early cafes were held in the iCon Cafe, to whom we will always be grateful, as they did not charge us except for the coffee we drank, but as we grew in confidence and started approaching local businesses for help, we received enough sponsorship to enable us run the Demcafe firstly at the Abbey Centre and currently at the Daventry Methodist church

The Dementia Cafe is run on the second Tuesday and forth Tuesday of the month by experienced volunteers who have all been touched in some way by Dementia .

Our aim is to provide a safe environment to support  carers and facilitate activity and stimulation for those experiencing memory problems. We provide a mixer of games, quizzes, and  reminiscing sessions, most importantly a friendly welcoming atmosphere..


Some of the members of this group have known each other for a long time and had  supported each other through some really tough times. 

We have now been awarded Charity Status by the charity Commission. Charity Number: 1184292.



How Dem Cafe has helped us

”I will always be grateful of the Dementia Café in Daventry. When my wife was first diagnosed with this terrible illness, I found it hard to find a place that I could get ready information from to help me.


Then I found Demcafe and it helped both myself and my wife. It helped me because there were Carers who had been through what I was going through and would help me with all the forms and how to get help whether it was money or assistance.


For my wife Anne, it was a chance for her to make friends, feel useful and contented and live a near normal life.


At the start I was given this help and now I am trying to do this for the other people in the District that desperately need this help and support.”

Peter Biggs

Dem Cafe Volunteer

“It’s a pleasure to be able to write a few words about what Demcafe means to me and my husband.


After the shock of the diagnosis and all our life’s plans going out of the window in acceptance or denial, for us it was denial and it was so hard to move forward, but  by finding out about Demcafe and going to our first meeting. It was a big turning point for us, to be with others that were either caring for people with Dementia or suffering this very cruel disease.


To find that you’re not alone and that you can have lots of fun and laughter, support all caring for each other is amazing. Because everyone is at different stages you can gleam lots of tips to make our lives so much easier.


Please don’t let Dementia hold you back, come along and see for yourselves you’ll be glad you did.”


Eddie & Angie Pinder

Dem Cafe Volunteer

“I decided to become a Volunteer with Demcafe after the support I was given when my Mother was diagnosed with Dementia.


Knowing that there is somewhere to go and talk to people in the same situation as you, helps tremendously and the information given was invaluable.

I feel very honoured to be part of a team dedicated to supporting both the Carer/Family member and the person living with Dementia.”



Dem Cafe Volunteer


A Special Thanks to our Sponsors

We are now a fully fledged Charity Community Group in Daventry   We have a constitution, a mission statement, a committee, a bank account and a wealth of good will in the local community. We have received a huge amount of support from the community and local businesses and we continue to fund raise in our own right.

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