Daventry and District Memory Café
Registered Charity No. 1184292
WE ARE BACK !!!!!!!!
I am so pleased to announce that the Demcafe can now meet face to face.
Please join us on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month .
We meet at the Daventry Methodist Church at 1.30pm - 3.30pm.
After a hot drink and a chat we split up into two groups.
For those attending with memory problems we facilitate stimulating activities and companionship .
For the family member/carer we facilitate a support group where you will have the opportunity to talk to others in the same situation as yourself and gain support and advice along the way.
All the volunteers have experience of caring for people with memory problems and are all passionate about helping in any way we can.
A small charge of £2.00 per couple to cover refreshments
What those that have attended the Demcafe say about it
'Demcafe gives so much support to families caring for dementia sufferers.'
'Somewhere to chat and share experiences. It helps such a lot knowing there is support for all of us.'
'Its is a place I don't have to pretend.'
'A place to feel safe and wanted.'
'Tea and cake and biscuits'
'Great support and help'
A friendly and welcoming support and activity group for anyone experiencing memory problems.
On the 2nd Tuesday of the month we are hThe Alzheimer's Society Support Worker will be attending to assist with 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 .
Demcafe Safety Measures due to Covid 19
On arrival temperatures will be taken,
Visors will be supplied for people who attend and
will be their responsibility to take home & clean
ready for the next meeting
Hand Sanitiser is provided and is to be used on
entry and exit
Any equipment used for activities will be sanitised
Tables and chairs, door handles and window
catches will be sanitised before leaving premises
Toilets, taps and door handles
to be sanitised after use
ANYONE FEELING UNWELL AFTER ATTENDING THE
MEETINGS, MUST INFORM THE DEMCAFE ON
SO THE CORRECT ACTIONS CAN BE TAKEN
A short history...
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.
”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.”
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.