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Falmouth Memory Cafe

Taken from the website – Not in Annual Report Falmouth Memory Café is a charity which offers, in an informal setting, help, support and information for people affected by memory problems. It operates on a 'drop-in' basis and is free. It gives those attending the chance to take part in activities which provide remininisences, entertain and are, above all, fun. The Memory Cafe provides practical information and emotional support and also reduces the isolation often felt by people with dementia, their carers and families. Many people make friendships as a result and are able to support each other outside of the Memory Café setting.

Updated:
31 October 2017
Location:
South West
Sectors:
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Falmouth Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we 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?

Falmouth Memory Café is a charity which offers, in an informal setting, help, support and information for people affected by memory problems. 

It operates on a 'drop-in' basis and is free. It gives those attending the chance to take part in activities which provide remininisences, entertain and are, above all, fun. The Memory Cafe provides practical information and emotional support and also reduces the isolation often felt by people with dementia, their carers and families. Many people make friendships as a result and are able to support each other outside of the Memory Café setting. 

Falmouth Memory Cafe contributes to four of the seven desired outcomes described in the National Dementia Declaration. 

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

As an organisation relying on volunteers, potential challenges which lie ahead include the ongoing commitment of volunteers to lead and support activities at the Memory Cafe. Included in this challenge are: 

  • Planning activities, engaging professional arts practitioners to provide activities or arranging for local professionals to give presentations offering advice; 
  •  Refreshments (sandwiches and cakes) are a popular feature of our 'cafe', another challenge is to continue to fund this.
  • Our current accommodation provides a friendly and safe environment for a Memory Cafe but it could become too small. 
  • The Cafe has on occasion, become quite crowded, proving that its popularity is increasing. This is good from the perspective that the cafe is helping increased numbers, but we need to be aware that we must maintain our personal touch.
  •  A popular Cafe is a noisy Cafe and that does deter some people. Our challenge is to get the balance right
  • Our last challenge is to lead a project to make Falmouth a dementia friendly community

2. Actions

  • Find a way to be sustainable

    To find a way to be sustainable, to find and develop leaders to give them the confidence to create and deliver activities 

    Status:

    Update – First Quarter

    In progress

    Update – Second Quarter

    In progress

    Update – Third Quarter

    In progress

  • Cornwall Memory Cafe Network

    To be part of the Cornwall Memory Cafe Network/Forum and contribute positively

    Status:

    Update – First Quarter

    In progress

    Update – Second Quarter

    In progress

    Update – Third Quarter

    In progress

  • Consider ways in which increased numbers can be accommodated

    To consider ways in which increased numbers can be accommodated in an appropriate environment

    Status:

    Update – First Quarter

    In progress

    Update – Second Quarter

    In progress

    Update – Third Quarter

    In progress

  • To continue to raise funds

    To continue to raise funds

    Status:

    Update – First Quarter

    In progress

    Update – Second Quarter

    In progress

    Update – Third Quarter

    In progress

  • Formation of Falmouth Dementia Action Alliance

    To promote the formation of Falmouth Dementia Action Alliance, providing, if necessary, the Dementia Alliance Co-ordinator

    Status:

    Update – First Quarter

    In progress

    Update – Second Quarter

    In progress

    Update – Third Quarter

    In progress