Dementia-Friendly Rothwell @ The Tea Cosy Cafe

Dementia-Friendly Rothwell raises awareness locally and provides practical support to people in our area who are living with dementia, including carers and families. We are a volunteer-run group.

11 March 2014
Yorkshire and Humber
Voluntary Sector, Care
Local Alliances:
Leeds Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We provide practical and enjoyable activities in our community, from our Tea Cosy Cafe to a singing group, called Singing for Memory, and other reminiscence work, and we provide information about other local help available. We are also working with local businesses, community organisations and local police, for example, to help them become more dementia-friendly. This includes giving awareness-raising talks to staff and helping organisations identify what practical support they can give to people living with dementia.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Since starting in 2011, our café has become a community hub that regularly attracts well over 100 customers, and the demand for our awareness-raising work continues to grow. The main challenge is making sure it can continue for as long as possible, and that we can continue to make a difference in Rothwell and neighbouring areas.

2. Actions

  • Tea Cosy Cafe

    The Tea Cosy café, which is run by a team of over 20 volunteers, meets once a month and welcomes people from all parts of the community. We will continue to run the café and we will also help a new café start up in neighbouring Woodlesford.

  • Other practical support for people with dementia and families

    We will continue to offer awareness-raising sessions for organisations in Rothwell and neighbouring areas, and help others start dementia-friendly activities in their communities whenever we can.