Alzheimer's Café

The Alzheimer's Café opened on Wednesday 20th May 2015, by the Worshipful the Mayor of Wokingham Borough, Cllr UllaKarin Clark.  It is aimed at providing a place for those living with this condition and their carers to get together for a time of fellowship: tea, chat, friendship, singing, music, stories, gentle sports and sharing.  Activities have included: 

  • A monthly speaker
  • Question time
  • Social and sharing time
  • Books, fact sheets and resources
  • Make-up sessions by Boots the Chemist
  • Free refreshments
  • Resource boxes from Wokingham Library
  • Music time

The Café meets on Wednesdays fortnightly, from 2.00 to 4.00pm in the Bradbury Centre Meeting Place.   There is also a Carers' Group that meets on Tuesdays fortnightly (same weeks as the Café), from 1.30 to 3.00pm upstairs in the Bradbury Centre.  Contact: Claire Knight, Church & Community Team Leader.

Pictures show the Café opening, the 2015 Christmas party with Gabriel's Angels, Flower arranging and a Tea Dance.

Future Programme

Wed 22 November 2.00pm

 

Wed 6 December 2.00pm

Wreath Making

Wed 20 December 2.00pm

Christmas Dinner Trip

Christmas Break

 

Wed 10 January 2018 2.00pm

 

Wed 24 January 2.00pm

 

Wed 7 February 2.00pm

 

Wed 21 February 2.00pm

 

Wed 7 March 2.00pm

 

Wed 21 March 2.00pm

 

Report November 2017

Despite the building work around us, we continue to thrive as an active church, reaching out to many in our local community.

The Alzheimer's Café continues to grow and we are welcoming many families from across the borough. We run our sessions on an informal basis, but often have guests and activities.  In October, we held a tea dance for our members and were so fortunate to have a professional dance instructor to join us and tea was made for us by Rose Buddies.  It was a real treat which sadly I missed but the photographs show so many happy smiling faces (last picture in sequence above).

In the next few weeks we will be going to the Cinema at South Hill Park for a dementia friendly screening of 'Singing in the Rain', we will be making Christmas Wreaths and going to a special performance of the pantomime 'Beauty and the Best', along with our Christmas Party at Swallowfield Park.

I am a member of the Wokingham Dementia Action Alliance now which means that I am really in touch with provision for those affected in this area and can help to make a difference.

We were so grateful to have received a donation from MORS which has enabled us to purchase an activity box for use at the café.  We were also pleased to receive a contribution from the Thursday Afternoon House Group to help with our work.

Claire Knight
Church & Community Outreach Team Leader

Annual Report (February 2017)

Building on the success of the Alzheimer's Café, we continue to run fortnightly on a Wednesday from 2-4pm.  We have seen attendance steadily rise and we are now having between 20 and 30 people living with dementia and some carers.  This year we have had various talks and activities from flower arranging to quizzes and games to Afternoon tea.  In December, Rose Buddies agreed to cook the group Christmas Dinner and they did a fantastic job!  We even had a guest appearance from Father Christmas bearing gifts.  I have recently attended a course to become a Dementia Champion which means that I can offer one hour information sessions to enable anyone to become a Dementia Friend.  This will ensure that we are welcoming and understanding to all people who use our premises who are suffering from memory loss.

Alzheimer's Carers' Group

The Alzheimer's Café enables a certain opportunity for Carers to come and share their challenges and concerns but it often proves awkward to hold these conversations whilst their loved ones are present.  This meant that we felt there was a significant need for a group solely aimed at carers but with the ability for them to know that their loved ones are nearby and cared for.  In September 2016 we tentatively started a carers group every Tuesday fortnightly and since January this has really taken off and we are seeing nine carers and their loved ones every session.  We have also been lucky enough to have been granted £300 from Galaxy Hot Chocolate.

Claire Knight
Church & Community Outreach Team Leader