Dementia Cafe to launch in Stockport

Rachel McMillan from St Ann's Hospice
Rachel McMillan from St Ann's Hospice is looking forward to the new Dementia Cafe

St Ann’s Hospice is launching a drop-in resource t0 provide support to people with dementia and their families.

The Dementia Cafe, based at the hospice in St Ann’s Road North, Heald Green, opens on December 3 and will be open on the first Tuesday of every month between 1pm and 3pm.

Forming part of the hospice’s Being You Centre, the Dementia Café will help support people in enjoying life activities for as long as possible, enable them to meet others in a similar situation and aid them in adjusting to changes in their personal circumstances. Visitors will also have the opportunity to talk to a dementia specialist nurse if they wish.

The team at the hospice’s Being You Centre have worked with NHS Pennine Care dementia specialists to deliver the new service.

Rachel McMillan, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Clinical Services at St Ann’s, said: “Anyone who feels they could benefit from coming to our Dementia Cafe can pop in.

“As well as being able to get to know other people with dementia and their families, visitors can take part in art and craft activities, such as creating memory boxes.

“There will also be quiet areas and break out rooms if people need some quiet time and they will even be able to have a massage from our complementary therapist.

“In addition there will also be someone for visitors to speak to about their spiritual needs whether they have a specific faith or not.”