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Penryn Memory Cafe, Falmouth University

I set up the memory café at Falmouth University for those living with dementia and their carers in Penryn. I have also used the space as an active research tool to create a template which can be used at other universities, including Plymouth.

14 December 2016
South West
Communication, Education Sector, Recreation, Research Sector
Local Alliances:
Plymouth 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?

Providing an effective, sustainable resource in the local community for people living with dementia. The space is informed by my research in design, environment and visual communication with the aim of creating a space which is best suited to the clients.

It bridges intergenerational gaps in the communities spanning all ages e.g. primary, secondary, university students and the local community. People from the local council, rotary and other groups lead and attend the café.

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

Tackling loneliness and isolation-trying to make the café accessible to all who would like to attend.

Planning excursions for our clients.

2. Actions

  • Implementing the template at Plymouth University

    I would like to see Plymouth University setting up a memory café via the students, with my advise/template from Penryn.

    Case study, Planning
  • To facilitate/get involved with more intergenerational work in Plymouth.

    To work with groups in Plymouth to bridge intergenerational gaps and support people living with dementia.

    Case study, Planning
  • To get involved with national projects.

    I would like to broaden my work to the national level. My vision is to set up memory cafes at universities throughout the UK. Since I believe students provide a dimension which is invaluable. It would be great to seek the funding to do this.