Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

The Corbridge Memory Cafe – a valuable support to our residents.

By 22nd June, 2018 News Comments Off

Our residents, Alan, Lily, Joyce, Olive and Billy, visited the Corbridge Memory Cafe yesterday.

The cafe is held every month, on the third Thursday at the Corbridge village hall from 10.30 am to 12.30pm.

It’s a unique event in the village and is designed a wonderfully welcoming place for individuals with all types of memory loss, dementia or cognitive impairment. People and their families and carers can socialize, pass on information, strike up friendships and chat informally as well as finding out more about dementia and forms of support.

Melvin Stone is the organiser behind the café and each month arranges activities such as singing, exercises, films and games whilst Grants Artisan Bakery in Corbridge generously donates a variety of delicious cakes and pastries.

Karen, our Activites Coordinator, thinks the Memory Café is invaluable to our residents, “It’s a great way to socialise, to give a change of scenery and the chance to talk to different people”, she says. “Our residents love to reminisce and it gives them a chance to talk about things that are important to them. This then sparks up interesting conversations and helps them to feel connected to the past, which our residents can find very comforting and reassuring.”

Melvin added, “We set up the café to provide a comfortable place to ensure carers and their loved ones are supported and don’t feel isolated in the community. We’re helped by a great team of volunteers and businesses and I’ve seen a marked increase in the number of people who come each month.

Often, the monthly get togethers just give people a chance for a chat and a cup of tea and to talk through any issues. We try to arrange activities that appeal to everyone.”

Thank you to Melvin and his volunteers for setting up such an important addition to Corbridge life!

Melvin Stone, organiser of the Cafe (centre, standing) with our residents Alan and Joyce, plus volunteer Jane and staff member Mandy.

The delicious chocolate cake from Grants of Corbridge!

All the bakes and cakes from Grants of Corbridge.

Melvin, organiser of the cafe, with regular volunteer Graham.

Lily and Olive having a chat over a cup of tea.

Peter, Billy, Mandy and Alan all enjoying a cup of tea at the Cafe.

Volunteer Avril with our resident Lily having a cuddle!