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 and Flower arranging.
Wed 13 September 2.00pm
Wed 27 September 2.00pm
Wed 11 October 2.00pm
Wed 25 October 2.00pm
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.
Church & Community Outreach Team Leader