Cafe takes centre stage for dementia sufferers

South Swindon Robert Buckland and Chris Atkinson, service manager at the Alzheimer’s Society, offer Frank Richards a nice cuppa. Picture: STUART HARRISON

South Swindon Robert Buckland and Chris Atkinson, service manager at the Alzheimer’s Society, offer Frank Richards a nice cuppa. Picture: STUART HARRISON Buy this photo

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A NEW support group for people with dementia was launched by the Alzheimer’s Society yesterday.

The new Memory Café at the Wyvern Theatre will provide an opportunity for people with dementia and their carers to socialise and get support.

Theatre director Derek Aldridge said: “As always the Wyvern is proud to be at the centre of the local community and we are very pleased to provide a venue for such a worthwhile cause.

“I do hope that people will enjoy spending time here and benefit from the Memory Café.”

Memory Cafes provide people with dementia and their carers a platform to talk openly about living with dementia within a relaxed and informal environment.

The group will also hear from a variety of guest speakers, including health and social care professionals and representatives from the local community, about topics and services relevant to them.

South Swindon MP Robert Buckland, who helped launch the café, said: “I’m delighted to support the new Memory Café at the Wyvern Theatre, and honoured to have been invited to take part in the launch.

“Alzheimers Society do so much fantastic work for people with dementia and their carers in Swindon, and the Memory Café is another excellent initiative.

“It continues the long and proud tradition of the Wyvern being at the very heart of the community.”

The Memory Café will be held every second Thursday of each month in the theatre café from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

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