Dementia Cafés in Brighton & HovePosted on 10th February 2014 by Sean de Podesta
At the end of January, I went along to the Dementia Café Open Day at the Cornerstone Community Centre on Church Road, Hove. It was a dull Saturday afternoon, but inside the Centre there was a very relaxed mood, with a lone trumpeter playing smooth standards, and people receiving pampering hand and neck massages. Of course, there were also people sitting around chatting over tea and cakes (see photo), served by friendly young volunteers.
I was glad to have the opportunity to meet staff from the Memory Clinic and from the Alzheimer’s Society. I also met a couple of people whom I know from outside of work, who were at the Dementia Café because, in one case, they had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and in the other, they were a carer. It brought home to me the fact that illnesses like dementia don’t just happen to other people – they can affect anyone, and should therefore be the concern of all of us.
Some Neighbourhood Care Scheme volunteers support people with Alzheimer’s and their carers. We hope to develop this area of work.
Living with illness or being a carer can be quite isolating. The opportunity to meet with other people who understand your situation and share your problems can be a real lifeline.
For anyone wanting to attend a Dementia Café (which can be shortened to “De-Café”), there are two that run regularly:
First Wednesday of the Month, 2-4 p.m.
The Hall, Norwich Drive, Lower Bevendean, Brighton BN2 4LA
Last Wednesday of the Month, 5-7 p.m.
Dyke Road Park Café, Hove BN3 6EH
You can just drop in, so you don’t have to book. If they are as relaxed as the Open Day, then they will provide a welcome and relaxing break for people living with dementia. A third De-Café is due to open shortly on The Level in Brighton.
For further information call 01273 726266 or follow this link to the Brighton & Hove Branch of the Alzheimer’s Society.