Project information

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.


Charity information: Know Dementia

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  • Need


    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.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide education, advice and support to people living with dementia and their carers


    » Talks, dementia friends sessions, 1-1 advice, sharing with others, group discussions

    What success will look like

    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?

    Aim 2

    To offer cognitive stimulation to people living with dementia and their carers


    » Meaningful activities such as: dance, music, arts, creative activities, puzzles, games, laughing yoga, quizzes, themed parties, etc.

    What success will look like

    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

    Aim 3

    To build and nurture both existing relationships and new relationships


    » To offer support and advice for those effected who may have difficult situations, to encourage and improve communication and understanding

    What success will look like

    Feedback: do people feel the are better supported? Observations: do people communicate and share the dementia experience with loved ones?

    Aim 4

    Reduce social isolation & loneliness for all those effected by dementia, including friends & family


    » To reach out to hard to reach groups and build new friendships, support networks and a community where one feels valued.

    What success will look like

    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?

  • Impact


    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

    Budget - Project Cost: £33,240

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      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
  • Background


    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.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    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.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jennie Morrison-Cowan


    Peter Calder

    Project Coordinator in East Sussex

    Mike Kiernan

    Project Coordinator in East Sussex