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, but term-time only), from 1.00 to 2.30pm 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.
Wed 20 February 2.00pm
Wed 6 March 2.00pm
Annual Report (February 2019)
The Alzheimer's Café continues to thrive. We have experienced some changes within the team but are now settled. We decided following discussions that we would restrict the number of trips that we organised as for some these became stressful and we were struggling to ensure safeguarding of our members. We were also aware that some people could potentially turn up for the first time and we would not be there.
We have welcomed many guests to the Café. Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue came to talk to us about 'Herbert Protocol' an initiative to assist them in finding missing persons. We had a visit from a 'PAT' (Pets as Therapy) dog, a tea dance where we celebrated a 90th birthday, Tai Chi, U3A Ukulele Group and many more enjoyable visitors.
In December we held our Christmas Party kindly supported by Rose Buddies who prepared some homemade goodies for us and our own Church Choir who sang to us beautifully.
Alzheimer's Carer's Group
The Alzheimer's Carers Group continues to meet fortnightly. We are supported by staff from the Carers Hub who provide advice and support.
We now share a lunch at 12noon and then meet until 2.30pm. Those living with Dementia enjoy crafts, and games to enable the carers to be able to talk freely.
In the coming year we are looking into running some Tai Chi sessions and some basic cooking skills with carers.
Church & Community Outreach Team Leader