The memory café and the secondary school

Posted on: 19 May 2016

Colyton and Colyford Memory Café is a great example of how all generations in a rural community have come together to create a fun, social occasion for people living with dementia and their carers.

In 2015 local resident, Diane Dean recognised there was a need in the area for more social support for people living with dementia and their families and carers. In a rural setting, accessing social groups and continuing to participate in the community can be difficult for older people whose mobility is restricted; especially where public transport is limited.

Over the last year, Diane has managed to rally tremendous support from local people; finding 15 volunteers after advertising the idea of setting up a memory café for only a couple of weeks. Diane contacted other memory cafes and learned from their successes and gained support and guidance from David Light, who has been instrumental in setting up memory cafes across Devon.

A memory cafe and a secondary school 2And the students at Colyton Grammar School have been involved in the café from the beginning. The students have been an integral part of the café’s development; helping to set up a Facebook page, volunteering at sessions, serving tea and coffee and starting conversations with the café’s users.

Diane said; “The integration of generations is fantastic to watch, and it is so obviously beneficial to both generations as they compare school days and share stories about their interests”.

To find a memory café near you or find out about starting a café in your community visit the memory cafes website.

They are over 50 memory cafes in Devon and 70% of these are independently run by dedicated volunteers.

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