Buddies Dementia Cafe is aimed at people with dementia and their carers. The idea for the cafe came through personal experience of living and looking after someone with dementia. We started the cafe in April 2017 with no funding, just the determination to make it succeed. Initially we held the meetings once a month at the Nettleham Community Hub but, due to its success, we have extended it to two a month. We started with 12 people attending our first meeting. We now have on average over 40 people.
We meet the first and third Thursday of each month .All members are greeted with a cup of tea/coffee, a biscuit and a monthly Newsletter. We then have our entertainment which can include Singing for Dementia, Interactive Singing Sessions, Exercise to Music, the Ukulele Band, craft sessions and much more.
Trips Out – We organize about three trips out each year which are funded by Buddies.
Events – Each year we have a Christmas Party.
We provide the following for our members:
- A safe and secure environment.
- A variety of entertainments.
- Support, help, information on new initiatives and arranging professional advice.
- We have teamed up with the Co-op and their “Walking for Health” scheme having a 30 minute led walk around the village following our first Thursday meeting.
- Monthly Newsletter.
- Regular contact with members who are unable to attend the meetings.
- Arrange transport when needed.
- Help offered in adverse weather conditions.
- Days and lunch trips out.
- Therapy dog Lucy Lou.
- Thought for the month.
- Published article each month in the Nettleham Matters magazine.
- Dedicated Facebook page with photos, videos etc. of our meetings.
- Fundraising activities.
- Fantastic group of volunteers who not only help with the meetings and trips, but help with our fundraising activities.
Buddies Dementia Cafe is a lifeline for our members, not only does it provide friendship, but also provides a comfortable and safe feeling for the carers as they are all experiencing the same challenges and problems associated with dementia.
Sadly dementia will touch many lives be it your partner, close relative or friend and we hope that, with the support of our local community, we can help in some way.