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 12 December 2.00pm
Wed 26 December
Wed 9 January 2019 2.00pm
Wed 23 January 2.00pm
Wed 6 February 2.00pm
Wed 20 February 2.00pm
Wed 6 March 2.00pm
Annual Report (February 2018)
The Alzheimer's Café is the biggest piece of outreach work that I think we host as a church. The Café now welcomes around fifty people including carers every fortnight. We went on several trips last year ranging from afternoon teas, garden centre visits, golf clubs, and a brilliant Christmas Party at Swallowfield Park which we are able to use free of charge. We had speakers from Project Gateway and Guide Dogs for the Blind among others, we often have hand massages given by Susie and memory boxes brought in regularly by Heather Dyson from the Library.
We are very blessed to have a fantastic team eager to make the lives of those affected by dementia happier. Val Gent volunteers tirelessly for us organising our activities and trips and has become a firm friend of many who attend carrying on with her work during the week, visiting people and taking them out. We have introduced a 'Donations' money box on each table for people to contribute to cover the cost of their refreshments. We were delighted to have been given some money by MORS this year which enabled us to purchase an 'Active Minds' box which is full of brilliant engaging activities. I am now on the Wokingham Dementia Action Alliance together with other service providers and the council. The aim is for Wokingham to become a Dementia Friendly town. This is a big task!
Alzheimer's Carer's Group
The Alzheimer's Carers Group runs on Tuesdays fortnightly and is for those caring for someone with Dementia. The cared for are in an adjacent room with myself and support from Wokingham Carers hub and we sit and chat, make things and play games. Due to the nature of the group, we have found that we need to restrict the numbers of people as many of the people living with dementia can become unsettled without their carers so the group can sometimes be tricky to manage. Therefore this group is by application only.
The group sometimes just have a time of sharing and sometimes they have speakers around things important to them such as Power of Attorneys, Personal Hygiene and Occupational Therapists.
Church & Community Outreach Team Leader