Welcome to Tavistock Memory Café

A warm welcome awaits…

Our aim is to provide locally based support and information to those living with dementia, their family, carers, and friends.

Since 2006 our sessions have offered people the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation in a relaxed social atmosphere that always involves tea and cake! Carers can access information, share concerns and experiences, while their loved ones enjoy a range of stimulating, fun activities.

Tavistock Memory Café is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, all those involved are volunteers. We work closely with the Tavistock Dementia Alliance, local statutory services, and hold the Devon Memory Café Consortium Quality Assurance Mark.

It was a very dynamic time you all put on yesterday.  I was very impressed by the organisation and the wonderful volunteers you have. I learnt a lot from from you all. What a worthwhile afternoon, both for me and everyone there.  You made me feel so welcome.
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Latest News


We are delighted to announce that our Memory Café meetings have restarted on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. We will follow the current Covid-19 Government guidance and fully risk assess our sessions. There will be 2 sessions on each Saturday and you will need to book by calling Heather on 07765 644843 or email info@tavistockmemorycafe.co.uk.

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Memory Café

The sessions start with our trained volunteers greeting our members old and new and there’s the chance to chat over tea and biscuits.

After the first half an hour, carers can meet in a separate room for a peer support session run by one of the group or an experienced volunteer. The session allows the sharing experiences, exchanging information, or hearing from a guest professional, and always in strict confidence.

Meanwhile those who are living with dementia can get involved in a variety of stimulating and fun activities supported by our volunteers. Quizzes, art and craft, live music and singing, and celebratory events are often in the programme.

During the year we aim to organise some outings that take us to a local location of interest, or a café or pub – tea and cake will be served of course.

You, memory café and everyone within memory café make our lives amazing. All the creativity and love is incredible and so positive.
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When and Where?

Memory Cafe sessions run on the second and fourth Saturday of each month at The Anchorage Centre, TASS, Chapel St, Tavistock PL19 8AG.

Our members contribute a small fee of £2.50 per session when attending. This fee has been suspended until January 2022.

Care and Share

Thank you to all of you for your excellent hard work and so much kindness on our behalf. You really do help to make a very difficult time of life a little easier. 
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This monthly session is designed to allow carers and family a short spell of time for themselves.

During the 4 hours those living with dementia and attending will be involved in activities such as those mentioned above. As well as a cuppa, a light lunch will be served by our volunteers.

Carers may wish to pop to the shops, meet a friend, or have some quiet time in The Meadows safe in the knowledge that their loved one is in good hands.

When and Where?

Care and Share sessions are currently suspended due to Covid-19 restrictions. There will be an update when we are able to reopen.

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST)

CST is a course of structured, therapeutic sessions that are based around a topic, with talking, music, and pictures, all leading to a stimulating, fun, and beneficial experience. Run by trained facilitators, the sessions are usually for 1 hour, once a week for 14 weeks. If you are interested in being involved in CST then please Contact Us.

When and Where?

We are planning to run a CST course later in 2021 and so please contact us for more information.

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