We all have first name badges, which help with recognition and conversation.
The first half hour is spent chatting to friends old and new over tea and cake. Trustees and volunteers will circulate especially to welcome new people. They are easily recognisable by their blue polo shirts which carry the Café Logo.
During the remainder of time, unless there is a special event, the carers have their own session in a separate room*, led by a professional or trustee of the Memory café. Here they can gain peer group support for the different situations they may be facing.
*These carer meetings are held in strict confidence to enable carers to talk frankly about their problems and share helpful experiences.
Whilst the carers meet, trained volunteers provide a varied and interesting programme of activities, with an emphasis on providing fun and stimulation for those who live with dementia, in an environment where they feel comfortable and can make new friends.
At various times of the year, the whole group goes on outings. using minibuses provided by TASS.