Buddies Dementia Cafe was started in 2017 by Lulu Wood, Chris Dawkins and June Gauke. The idea for the group came from personal experience of looking after someone living with dementia. For the carer this means adjusting to a totally new way of life centred around the person with dementia, not an easy task.
With a clear vision and an underlying ethos of fun, laughter and friendship, Buddies has gone from strength to strength. At our meetings, we always have live entertainment, a singer or small band who provides us with songs, chosen particularly suited to our membership. Music plays a huge part in our lives, and people living with dementia may find music a powerful way to connect with memories, create positive feelings and encourage social interaction.
At our meetings we have helpful booklets, leaflets, aids and information as well as visits from Age UK and other agencies to give advice.
We organise trips out to a variety of local attractions, lunches and special in-house parties. After our first meeting of the month, you can take part in the Buddies Sensory stroll around the parks nearby which helps to increase energy levels, mood and cognition.
Thinking of joining us? One of our members said “What a brilliant morning at Buddies, seeing everyone singing, laughing and talking, better than any doctor’s medicine”.
So come along and try it for yourself! If you want further information please contact us via email, on our website, or speak to Lulu on 01522 754288.
Our mission is to provide help and support to those living with dementia their carers and past carers.
Buddies Dementia Café will provide a safe, secure and friendly environment where our members can relax, have fun and enjoy stimulating activities.
We are a registered charity (No. 1184074) with the Charities Commission for England & Wales)