Memory Moments Cafes
Informal café including tea, coffee & cake, a little fun & laughter with games, talks, music, dance etc. Everyone welcome, specially those with memory problems and their family supporters. The cafes provide an opportunity for people to get peer support and build new friendships.
A dementia diagnosis can come as a shock, even if one suspects it. This can be a worrying & upsetting time the person and those around them. Memory Moments is a place that offers a great deal of reassurance, support & advice to families affected by the condition.
Looking after oneself can make a huge difference to their memory. Problems can seem worse if stressed, worried or ill. By keeping physically, mentally & socially active it help one maintain memory, skills & self-confidence
Memory Moments Cafes are a safe place to ask questions, receive advice and support. The cafes provide people with a community where they can be with others in similar situation to themselves, who too can offer advice and support from their own experiences. This sort of shared understanding re-assures people that they are not alone.
Cafes also provide cognitive stimulation activities for people living with dementia, such as: music, dance, laughing yoga, games, etc.
Provide education, advice and support to people living with dementia and their carers
Activities» Talks, dementia friends sessions, 1-1 advice, sharing with others, group discussions
Number of dementia friends trained, supporting people understand and complete Advanced Care Planning, do people feel more confident about dealing with everyday stress and anxiety?
To offer cognitive stimulation to people living with dementia and their carers
Activities» Meaningful activities such as: dance, music, arts, creative activities, puzzles, games, laughing yoga, quizzes, themed parties, etc.
Observations: do people engage in activities offered? are they having fun? Feedback: are they meaningful? Do they help engage with people? Do they get something from the activities
To build and nurture both existing relationships and new relationships
Activities» To offer support and advice for those effected who may have difficult situations, to encourage and improve communication and understanding
Feedback: do people feel the are better supported? Observations: do people communicate and share the dementia experience with loved ones?
Reduce social isolation & loneliness for all those effected by dementia, including friends & family
Activities» To reach out to hard to reach groups and build new friendships, support networks and a community where one feels valued.
Feedback: do people feel part of a community? Do people feel that they have a sense of purpose? Observations: do vulnerable/sometimes isolated people attend?
Mental health & wellbeing- reduce stress and anxiety, better able to cope with everyday stresses, happier, have fun, feeling valued, have a purpose
Reduce loneliness & isolation- Remain engaged & active, better relationships with loved ones, community education & awareness, feeling valued/sense of purpose
Increased support network- reduced burden, carers better able to cope with challenges of dementia, pro-active support, carers able to care for longer, reduce pressures on health & social care
If there was no funding for the cafes- Options: Apply for further grants, approach corporate companies for funding, we could consider asking people for a small contribution, or we would have to find a way to reduce cost of cafes and use the charities reserves until funding is found
SROIs, trustee meetings, newsletter, email, social media, letters, website updates
Budget - Project Cost: £33,240Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £10,080 Venue Hire £10 per hr, 3hrs per session, 7 sessions per week, 48 weeks per year £7,200 Staff Cost £10 per hr, 3hrs per session, 5 sessions per week, 48 weeks per year £3,360 Refreshments £10 per week per cafe, 7 cafes per week £8,400 Entertainment Est. Entertainment costs: £100 per month per cafe £4,200 Marketing £40 per month per cafe, 7 cafes, 12 months a year: posters, web design, leaflets, newspapers, etc.
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount West Sussex County Council £1,047 Guaranteed High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Groups £28,725 Guaranteed
There are seven Memory Moments Cafes spread across Sussex. Sussex has a higher percentage of adults over the age of 65 than the England average. It is estimated that 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 will develop dementia. With a growing ageing population these numbers are expected to rise. Around 1/4 of the population live in rural areas. With the cost of living in rural areas being significantly higher & services harder to access, there is evidence that deprivation is getting worse in Sussex.
Memory Moments is committed to provide education, advice and support to the local community. We offer support and advice to anyone with memory problems, which may have been caused by a number of causes such as: stroke, Parkinson’s or dementia; however, we mostly support people living with dementia and their loved ones. We utilise a number of methods to inform the community of what services we offer, for example: GP referrals, Alzheimer's Dementia Advisers, posters, online, etc.
Know Dementia a local charity, is run by volunteers comprising family carers and qualified professionals who live and work with people with a dementia. All the volunteers, employees and trustees are passionate, and have understanding and experience with dementia within the local community Know Dementia's trustees include: carers, a person with dementia representative, people who work with people with dementia- care organisations, people who work in the council promoting dementia.
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Project Coordinator in East Sussex
Project Coordinator in East Sussex