Sidmouth's first memory cafe set for official opening

PUBLISHED: 12:04 24 May 2010 | UPDATED: 14:01 18 June 2010

DEMENTIA and Alzheimer s sufferers and their carers in Sidmouth will be boosted when the town s first memory café gets officially up and running on Wednesday (May 26). The Rotary Clubs of Sidmouth and the Sid Valley have teamed up to provide the new sc

DEMENTIA and Alzheimer's sufferers and their carers in Sidmouth will be boosted when the town's first 'memory café' gets officially up and running on Wednesday (May 26).

The Rotary Clubs of Sidmouth and the Sid Valley have teamed up to provide the new scheme in the hope it can help an estimated 120 people, and countless carers in the

area, whose lives are affected by the conditions.

Memory Cafes, aimed at dementia and memory loss sufferers and their carers, aim to offer a relaxing opportunity for people to meet, share experiences and gather

information to help them and their families.

The café, which will run from Twyford House from 2.30pm to 4.30pm on the fourth Wednesday of every month, was launched with a free information day celebration on the Queen's birthday, April 21.

The official start marks the culmination of three years work by Rotarian and project co-ordinator Derek Eagles.

He said: "The memory café will be there for the benefit of carers in

the first instance, to give them information.

"We can offer sufferers of dementia and their carers relief from home environment and a chance to meet other people in same position.

"Sessions are there to take the pressure off, and for everyone to enjoy meeting like-minded people.

"The memory café will also offer direct access to health and social care provided at a friendly, informal café, with a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere.

"Dementia is growing year on year, we think there will be a need out there for a twice- monthly opening."

After Wednesday, the café will return to Sidmouth on June 23.

For more information contact café co-ordinator Derek on (01395) 579789 between 9am and 5pm. Anyone without transport can contact the Sidmouth Voluntary Ambulance Service on (01395) 512221.

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