Memory Lane Cafe was launched last year, opened by MP Mark Francois. This is a community support group, organised by volunteers, where likeminded people can meet and enjoy a social afternoon with their loved ones living with Dementia.
Carers often find themselves isolated due to their circumstances of caring for people who do not always manage to fit in with everyday situations.
Due to Covid restrictions, we have not been able to meet with our clients through the summer.
However, recently Sanctuary Housing offered to support groups such as Memory Lane Cafe, where the restrictions have meant our most vulnerable people have not been able to socialise. The importance of events such as these are known to address the wellbeing of vulnerable individuals who have had to isolate.
The funding enables us to arrange events such as Afternoon Tea held at Potash Tea Rooms on 3rd October 2020.
Our clients were so happy to be back with their friends we had several messages of thanks expressed both verbally and written to us, saying how much the ‘high tea’ event had meant to them, ‘just knowing we are there’. The support they receive extends to signposting to services as and when they find new difficulties with facing everyday as a Carer, often in unchartered waters.
Memory Lane Cafe meets on the first Saturday of each month 1-3pm at Hockley and Hawkwell Day Centre, (behind Hockley library) SS54QH.
If you know anyone who would like to join us please contact Ian Foster email@example.com