Friendship Café welcomes those in our community suffering from Dementia, and their carers, for a fortnighly café.
There is conversation, laughter and spontaneous singing from our visitors, as well as a real sense of caring from those who volunteered. We have resources that have been specially purchased for the cafe, including reminiscence books and jigsaws. Others can enjoy the more physical activities such as chair basketball and hoop-la.
Our volunteers have trained as Dementia Champions for the Alzheimer’s Society, and can train others as Dementia Friends.
What a wonderful time we had celebrating Christmas on December 22nd.
Word had got out that we would be having a fun time, and lots of volunteers and friends attended. Carols were led in the church by Joy Naylor, our singing leader, with her husband accompanying her on his trumpet. Such fun to see the ” Twelve Days of Christmas” acted out. We then enjoyed pass the parcel with the biggest parcel I have ever seen! It was full of little gifts that brought back happy memories and it was a joy to see people’s faces as they unwrapped each layer. Thank you to Caroline.
We then moved into the hall where we had a lovely Christmas buffet. One of our friends, Jean, played the piano beautifully, completing the celebration fittingly.
We are proud to report that the Café was one year old on 13th January. We celebrated appropriately with cake, balloons and banners. Again, a full house, which was lovely to see and, indeed, one carer thanked us on behalf of all those who attend for the caring and supportive times we have provided. I can only say a huge thank you to those who pray for us, for those who volunteer and give of their time and themselves so graciously and of course, to our God in heaven who watches over us all.
If you feel you would like to join our team, do contact either Paula Lambe or Eve James. We’d love to meet you.