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St Edmunds Drop in Cafe.

The Thursday Drop in cafe was opened in 2013 to bring together local people who have early memory loss or dementia. We also welcome their carers and those who have lost a family member with dementia to enjoy a range of entertainment and activities, companionship and support, conversation and refreshment in a non-commercial setting. The Café is a non-registered , non-profit making entity ; and we rely on donations from our guests to support our activities and refreshments and can sometimes make donations to other good causes or hire entertainment for special occasions such as our summer party and Christmas pantomime.

4 December 2017
Voluntary, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Bromley 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?

Our group aims to support  individuals and families with a diagnosis of memory loss with a friendly and pleasant afternoon of stimulating activities and companionship provided by a committed group of volunteers who understand the difficulties and isolation this condition can mean for the individuals and their carers. We want to be part of a larger organisation that can speak up for our guests and will also ensure as volunteers we are well trained and up to date with current research and are able to signpost appropriately when suitable.


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

The main challenges are keeping a group of well trained volunteers who feel up to the challenge of coping with some guests who are deteriorating each week and knowing that they are receiving the right services from the local authority. We also need to keep our environment safe and there is a lot of red tape involved which can be a challenge to a voluntary organisation with no budget 

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