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Lantern Coffee House

Lantern Coffee House is run as part of Lantern Methodist Church and Lantern Arts Centre in Raynes Park.

18 October 2018
Local Alliances:
Merton 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?

The Lantern Café (as it was known then) was one of the first cafes to open in Raynes Park in the 1980’s. After over twenty years of serving the local community, a decision was made to close the shop. In 2015, the Lantern Methodist Church with the support of the Lantern Arts’ Centre & Share Jesus International, revamped the space and reopened the doors of the shop to the community.

The Coffee House has the vision of being a hub for the community -  a space for people from all walks of life to visit, socialise, work & enjoy the drinks & food on offer. With work stations, free wi-fi, toys, mini library, garden and additional seating – we aim to accommodate all and will always do our best meet our customer’s needs.

Many of our clientele are older adults and some are affected by dementia so we would like to look after them as well as possible with compassion and understanding. 


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

Firstly a lack of knowledge and confidence around the issue. We hope to all become Dementia Friends so that will help - as all our workers are part-time the issue will be ensuring all are able to attend the information session.

We are also aware that as a varied clientele use the establishment sometimes the cafe is very lively, especially when we have groups of parents and young children present. We would like to provide a safe, quiet space for our customers with dementia as much as possible. 

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friends

    We will hold a Dementia Friends session at our next staff meeting to make sure as many of the staff gain awareness on the subject

  • Environmental audit

    We will undertake an environmental audit of our premises and toilets to make the building as dementia-friendly as we are able to. 

  • Displaying information

    We will display information on events and activities that are dementia-friendly an/or for people with dementia in the area. We will also keep some literature on site for people to learn more about dementia. 

    Being implemented
  • Hosting

    If Merton DAA needs a venue for meetings in the area we will be happy to host.