Bodmin Memory Café launched

By Chris Gill in Charity

THURSDAY 23 February saw the launch of the new Bodmin Memory Café. The theme was a Cornish afternoon which was opened by Kevin Marshall, president of the Bodmin Lions Club and the special guests were Oll an Gwella, a four-piece harmony group from Newquay with Roger James reciting Cornish poetry followed by a pasty tea. The event was a great success and enjoyed by all.

The aims of both the Bodmin Memory Café and Carer Support Group are to facilitate a supportive self help group for those caring for someone living with dementia. The group provides opportunity for carers to share their feelings and experiences, learn more about the disease and giving care, talk through challenges and ways of coping and exchange practical information on caregiving problems and possible solutions.

Bodmin Memory Café & Carer Support Group is focused on providing an opportunity for carers to meet in a relaxed, informal and welcoming environment whilst trained and experienced staff present are involved in activities for people with dementia and memory problems.

The end of each meeting brings the carers together with their loved ones living with dementia to enjoy time together with tea and home made cakes.

The new Bodmin Memory Café has evolved from a Carer Support Group involving volunteers, Carnewater Practice Patients Group, Primary Care Dementia Practitioner (NHS) and Carer Support Workers and have been supported from the beginning by the Bodmin Lions Club.

The Bodmin Memory Café meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month (singing on the second Thursday) at Bodmin Christian Fellowship Hall, Berrycombe Road.

For those interested in coming along, or volunteering with the Bodmin Memory Café please contact Chairman Brenda Keen on 01208 77586 or Primary Care Dementia Practitioner Brenda Harris on 07500 973 764.

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