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The Memory Café Start-up Guide

Download a copy of our short 10 point guide to setting up a Community Memory Café or the more complete 25 page document guide to Setting up a Memory Café

For more detailed information and guidance, please contact Rtn. Tim Jones.

Rotherham Rotary Club Memory Café

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Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Rotherham have initiated a new monthly Memory Café in the south of the borough, based at Kiveton Park and Wales Village Hall.  The Launch event was on Monday, 3rd October and the Mayor, Cllr. Lindsay Pitchley, was invited to perform the opening in front of 26 carers and cared for people who had arrived for the café as well as volunteers and representatives from the Alzheimer's Society and Home Instead.

John Wadsworth, chairman of the steering group, announced that they had just been successful in securing a grant from the South Yorkshire Community Foundation to cover its first year running costs.  The award was from the AESEAL Charitable Trust Community First Endowment Fund for South Yorkshire.

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The Memory Café is being run by trained volunteers, initially Rotary members, with the support of health professionals and provides a free drop in service for anyone who has concerns about their memory or that of a loved one or friend.  It will provide an opportunity for participants to meet regularly with other people with memory problems, present a chance to exchange experiences and to give and receive emotional support.

For more information, please contact John Wadsworth - 01709 372442 or 01709 541520.

Vale of Belvoir Rotary Club Memory Café

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The Vale of Belvoir Rotary Club Memory Café, although based at Cotgrave, is aimed at anyone in the Radcliffe, Bingham, East Bridgford, Cotgrave, Cropwell and surrounding villages suffering from memory loss and primarily aimed at people diagnosed with dementia and their carers.

The Café is totally free for people with memory problems and their helpers attending, no donations are required and refreshments will be provided free for all.

For further details, please see the contact information in our Memory Cafés Directory.

Crocus Café - update

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Crocus Café is a Memory Café operated by Rotarians from clubs in Peterborough and surrounding towns.  We meet at the Salvation Army where we have a lovely airy room, use of a kitchen and ample parking.  Our venue offers an informal café style setting for those affected by memory problems and their caregivers to meet and socialise.  It operates on a 'drop-in' basis and is free to users.  Our members take part in activities which stimulate memories, entertain and are, above all, fun.  Crocus Café provides entertainment, practical information and emotional support.  The main aim is to reduce the isolation often felt by people with dementia, their caregivers and families.  Caregivers enjoy the club as much as those with dementia and appreciate the opportunity to exchange experiences. Many friendships have been formed and members support each other outside of the Memory Café setting.

We are members of the Peterborough Dementia Action Alliance giving support and funding from other members of the alliance.  We provide additional opportunities for members to meet together and enjoy each other's company with outings three to four times a year. We have visited Ferry Meadows, the Key Theatre (old time music hall and pantomime), attended a 1940s concert and Lions Showtime, enjoyed a trip on Nene Valley Railway, visited Burtey Fen to enjoy a theatre organ recital and went on a coach trip to the coast at Sheringham with fish and chips by the sea.  Members meet for each year for a Xmas meal.  Interaction with younger generations is encouraged.  A local primary school sings carols and Xmas songs at our December meeting and a secondary school provides an annual afternoon tea prepared by Hospitality students. Students from the Performing Arts section entertain and those from the Beauty section give hand massages.  Hands on activities are encouraged such as bulb planting, decorating Easter eggs, water colour painting, decorating cupcakes and making Xmas decorations.  Special anniversaries and birthdays are celebrated with cakes and candles and we held a party for the queen's 90th birthday.  We are one big happy family.

Hartford / Huntingdon Memory Café

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The official opening of the Memory Café for dementia sufferers took place on Sept 30th at the church hall adjoining the church of All Saints Church Hartford.

The café, which will take place on the last Monday of each month, was opened by the rector of Hartford Church in the presence of Mike Baker, the president of Huntingdon Rotary, and the members of the club who have helped set up this very new initiative.  Sessions will be purely a social gathering for dementia sufferers and their carers where they can get together for a cup of tea and cakes, a chat, memorability activities, sing a long sessions and the occasional speaker.

Anyone interested can just come along with their carers but for further information please ring Mr. Mike Fowler on 01480 417001

Opening of the Chigwell Memory Café (Dec 2012)

The Rotary Club of Leytonstone and Woodford held a special session at the Memory Café, Chigwell Convent, Chigwell Road, on Friday to welcome new customers to the scheme.

The free sessions aim to stimulate memories in those that suffer with memory problems and for their carers to come and have a chat and cup of tea.

Queen Elizabeth's coronation was broadcast for visitors and there was also a variety of 1960s newspapers available to read.

Member of the club, Barry Plowman, said: "The feedback from carers has been great.  We try and help those with memory problems by watching old films, having a singalong and just generally giving them a break from being at home."

"If the scheme is successful we hope to encourage other rotary clubs in the area to do the same."

Hands across the water

Below is an email received from a couple in Washinton DC.

Sent: 30 Apr 2012 15:15

Subject: REPoD

Dear Geri,

Please excuse the delay in responding to your email.  We are delighted to hear from you and interested in finding a way to work with Rotary Clubs in our area.  We have the cafe that we began here at a local hospital and another woman has started one at her church 20 miles away.  Both are thriving and people have approached us about starting more of them.  My friend, Carol, and I cannot handle more and in fact could use volunteers at our own cafes so that they would be better and offer more activities and hold meetings more than twice a month.  We are limited by our own capacity.  So far, we are also the only fenders of the activities.  We purchase refreshments and games etc.  As you know, this is not an expensive activity and we aren't seeking funding, just more people to assist in making them go.  Any collaboration with the local Rotary Clubs in our area would be very helpful.

Last week at the Sibley Hospital cafe, we had 16 participants and have registered 26 total.  Some find it is not for them, but many are regular attendees and enjoy the experience very much.  Some of the games are run by people in the early stages of Alzheimer's/dementia.  Bill had taken ownership of this activity and likes to welcome/counsel people.  It is empowering for them to do so.  Some caregivers are free to put together jigsaw puzzles and be across the room from their loved one but also know that loved one is safe.  It is such a good model.  Thank you for inspiring us.  If you are ever in DC and wish to visit our activities, we would welcome you!

Best regards, Elise and Bill

Opening of the Derwentside Memory Café (Jan 2012)

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The Memory Café was officially opened by Councillor Linda Marshall, Deputy Chairman of Durham County Council.  The Rotary Club of Derwentside, in District 1030, has opened the café in Consett County Durham in partnership with Derwentside Carers Centre.  It also has support from the Derwent Clinic at Shotley Bridge Hospital who will provide a quailfied CPN at each opening of the Café.

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At the opening, the Govenor of Rotary District 1030, Tony Wartman, presented the Derwentside Rotary Club with a Service Recognition Award.

Funding for the project was secured after an event where all local organisations who were asking for funding had a stand and the public of the local area had 4 votes each to cast.  We were delighted as the café received the most votes and so got the funding needed for the first year with a contribution from the Rotary Club of Derwentside.

The café will be held on the 3rd Friday of each month at Glenroyd House, Medomsley Road, Consett, DH8 5HL, from 2pm to 4pm.

Totnes Memory Café celebrates its 1st successful year

The Café is run by trained volunteers with the support of health professionals and provides practical information and advice together with games and discussions to stimulate the memory.

One carer who attends on a regular basis says that she finds the Memory Café a real lifeline; 'It is good to share experiences with other people in a similar situation and my husband really enjoys the memory games - they seem to jog other parts of his brain and for a short while we are able to enjoy a little of his old self!  I have made friends and my husband can relax and not worry about what he says'.

RIBI Magic of Rotary Award

Congratulations to Wadebridge Rotary Club for winning this award for their work with setting up and running the Wadebridge Memory Café

Ashburton Memory Café

This increasingly popular 'drop in' centre for those with memory problems and their carers is held in the St John Ambulance Hall in Ashburton on the first Tuesday of each month between 10 am and 12 noon.  Visitors are encouraged to join in with games and a friendly chat over a cup of tea or coffee and the chance to recall familiar events from their childhood or earlier times.  On Tuesday the regular visitors enjoyed a slice of cake while looking at books, games and household items which brought back memories of how we used to live.

The Memory Café in Ashburton was started by Rotarian Geoff Oakshott of the Rotary Club of Ashburton/Buckfastleigh, and he and his wife Bea have co-ordinated the Café during the last year, supported by members of the Rotary Club.  Rotarian Geoff said; 'We are delighted with the success of the Memory Café in Ashburton, and feel that it contributes to the local community by providing a place where anyone worried about losing their memory, and their carers, can call in for a chat and the chance to discuss their concerns with the specialist nurse'.

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Dementia Friendly Communities

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Service Above Self

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Hands across the water

The REPoD message is spreading and not just within the UK.  Read this email extract from a couple in Washington DC.

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