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The Memory Café

The Memory Café is a safe and fun place where people with dementia and their carers can meet twice a month and take part in varied and suitable activities, exchange experiences, receive advice and drink tea and eat cake! The Memory Café is part of the outreach work of All Saints Church, Emscote and is ran by a team of volunteers.

15 April 2016
West Midlands
Local Alliances:
Coventry and Warwickshire 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 aim to provide a non-official (no uniforms) place of safety and fun whilst aiming to provide information in the following areas:

  • Suitable activities for carers and people living with dementia
  • Access to suitable materials
  • Information and access to help, financial and practical
  • Exchange of experiences
  • Two hours of time where carers can at least partly relax from their 24/7 roles

All of the volunteers have attended a half day course on dementia and after running the group for two years have acquired 'on the job' experience. One of the volunteers is also a Dementia Friend and receives regular information from the Alzheimer's Society. 

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

Our challenges are to keep up to date with what resources are available; to organise meetings so that as many people as possible can attend and to find ways of contacting as many people as possible in our area.

2. Actions

  • To help those with dementia and their carers to live as full a life as possible

    By holding our Memory Café twice a month we try to respond to the needs and wishes of those who attend our meetings and to bring to their notice new developments, aids and ideas. We try to bring informality into this, and do things by having fun.


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  • To bring a greater general understanding of dementia to the public

    In particular we try to introduce suitable materials into public places (Doctors, libraries, shops Etc.) to make society a more dementia friendly place by getting people to understand dementia and how it can affect a person.

    We have recently been in contact with our local Sainsburys store and will also be running a stall in Warwick Library on the 23rd May to promote awareness of dementia.


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  • Work in partnership

    We work with others to provide suitable activities within our Memory Café and regularly have a musician and an art teacher attending. The art teacher has supported our members to learn how to paint and we supply them with materials to take home and continue this outside of the Café.

    We are also linking with other local groups elsewhere in the county who are interested in setting up their own Memory Café, and will be meeting with a group in Leamington Spa to share our knowledge and ideas.


    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    New member