Continuing our theme with Dementia Awareness Week 17-23rd May, this is Friends of Horwich Memory Cafe based in Bolton…

There are memory cafes all around the country. These memory cafes offer a friendly, relaxed and welcoming setting where people living with Dementia, their families and carers can drop in to access information, support and activities.

Memory cafes offer the opportunity for people living with dementia and their families to meet others in a similar situation, find out how and where to get help and share experiences and coping strategies.

Knowing that others really understand makes a difference, and this can grow into a support network that exists outside the café. Each café provides a setting where people living with dementia feel welcomed and valued.

Forever Manchester recently funded and supported Bolton Dementia Support Group in the opening of a third memory cafe to compliment their existing services in Bolton for people living with dementia and those who care for them.

The Horwich Memory Cafe meet for three hours every Tuesday at Horwich RMI. They provide planned events and activities for elderly carers and dementia sufferers. These include;
entertainment with armchair zumba, singalongs & arts & crafts, traditional board games and communal activities to encourage a sense of belonging and togetherness , visits to the theatre and to musicals taking place in the region and more.

Below are a couple of quotes from the group’s attendees:

“I enjoyed all the activities. This group for me is very necessary. The friendship and support is something I would not like to be without”.

“Always welcoming, lovely people; entertainment is good, so kind people to give some time to make us smile”

Groups that help Dementia sufferers and their carers can often be a lifeline for the individuals that attend. Forever Manchester is pleased to fund groups from a wide variety of causes, Dementia being on of them. If you’d like to help us to help more groups like Friends of Horwich Memory Cafe, DONATE TODAY and make a real difference in your area.