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, our local Admiral Nurse, 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

MEMORY CAFE UPDATE: May and June 2024 – Our AGM is on Sat 1st June at 2pm – The Anchorage Centre – do come along

Thank you to all the contributors to a successful fund-raise at the Tavistock Town Civic Ball. As well as a great event, £1500 was raised! Fantastic!

Our Memory Café meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. There will be 2 sessions on each Saturday at 11am and 2pm. Our Care and Share sessions are on the third Thursday of the month. For all our support sessions, please book by calling Heather on 07436 008281 or email: info@tavistockmemorycafe.co.uk.

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.

Another Thank You for a splendid Do today.  It was a lovely afternoon and So Beautifully organised by you with all your wonderful helpers.
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When and Where?

Memory Cafe sessions run on the second and fourth Saturday of each month at 11am and 2pm at The Anchorage Centre, TASS, Chapel St, Tavistock PL19 8AG. Please call us to book.

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, leaving their loved one in the capable hands of our volunteers.

From 1 to 4 hours those living with dementia and attending will be involved in a variety of activities, discuss interests past and present, prepare a cuppa, and enjoy your packed lunch if you wish.

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.

For safety and wellbeing reasons, we will discuss with carers and family how suitable it is to leave your loved one unaccompanied and with our volunteers.

When and Where?

Care and Share sessions are on the third Thursday of the month from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Tavistock Library, The Quay, Plymouth Road, Tavistock PL19 8AB.

Please book by calling Heather on 07436 008281 or email info@tavistockmemorycafe.co.uk.

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 12 weeks. If you are interested in being involved in CST then please Contact Us.

When and Where?

The next CST course starts in January 2024 in the library and so please contact us for more information.

My husband and I wanted to say a big THANK YOU to you all for making us both feel so welcome at the Memory Cafe this year. We’ve really enjoyed it, he always looks forward to going and I have learnt so much from the carers sessions”

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