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Bidford Dementia Cafe

We run a local dementia cafe, Bidford Dementia Café, which is completely free of charge to our visitors. It is run by volunteers. We have a varied programme of activities and operate every week (Monday morning 10.30-12.30) except Bank Holidays. As we are volunteers our members need to be accompanied by a carer.

27 April 2018
West Midlands
Community organisations, Voluntary
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 are a voluntary organistion and our aim is to ensure that our visitors have a good sense of well being.  When they leave after a morning of socialising and activity they may not remember where they have been but they will know they have had a good time.  We hold carers sessions and bring in experienced people to help them, this may be with filling in complicaed forms, pointing them in the right direction regarding Power of Attorney, allowances and any other benefits they can apply for.  Our venue is warm and homely which offers a relaxed environment. Our carers group offers a support mechanism and there is always someone who has an experience to pass on to someone else.

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

To help our volunteers we hold regular training sessions and where necessary bring in specialists to assist us.  We have the support of our doctors and their experience is valuable.  We strive to ensure that our visitors enjoy the time they spend with us.  We have a committee who work as a team to ensure that our objectives are met. Being voluntary we  undertake fundraising events.

2. Actions

  • The Community

    Engage with local communities including the GP surgeries, churches and shops and where necessary pass on advice and information.

    Being implemented

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Dementia Friendly Community

    Get involve with the Parish Council to promote support for people living with dementia in Bidford.

    Being implemented

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Maintaining the facility

    Continue to support people with dementia in and around the community including outlying villages by engaging more people in the Bidford Dementia Cafe.  Run awareness courses to encourage more understanding.

    Being implemented

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    New member