Beeston Memory Café celebrated four successful years of supporting local people affected by dementia at a special carers party attended by Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, councillor Derek Burnett.
As part of the celebrations, the mayor presented the café with a birthday cake and spent time speaking to past and present users of the service.
Children from John Clifford School also sang for the group, who they regularly visit.
As a trained Community First Responder and Dementia Friend, Derek knows all too well how dementia can affect families.
He said: “Dementia doesn’t just affect the individual but whole families and communities and that is why places like Beeston Memory Café are so vital.
“I am truly honoured to have been able to come along and say thank you to the group and the carers and will continue to support them in the future.”
Brenda Wilson attends the memory café with her husband Ray and said: “Ray and I were members of the memory café from the beginning, four years ago.
“We are still in it and mean to carry on. For us it means true companionship and friendship and we enjoy the laughter and the entertainment. We can talk and listen to others carers in a quiet room.”
Marie Potts added: “George always looks forward to the café sessions and joins in with gusto.
“For me, as his carer, the memory café is about seeing George enjoy activities and entertainment in a safe environment where he is completely comfortable.”
The memory café, based at Middle Street Resource Centre, first opened in 2014 to provide a safe, friendly environment for anyone living in the community with dementia and those supporting them.
Initially it took place one a month but over the past few years it has proved such a lifeline in the local community that sessions have gradually increased and now run every Thursday from 2pm to 4pm.
At the café, sessions include social activities and a chance to meet and get to know new people. More importantly, it’s somewhere to have fun,
As well as running their own café, members of the Beeston group have also provided vital support to Eastwood Memory Café to set up their own group.
For more information about the café or if you are interested in volunteering with them, please visit http://beestonmemorycafe.com/ or visit www.eastwoodmemorycafe.btck.co.uk for information about the Eastwood Memory Café.