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Club of Royston,Herts, UK
President: David Blundell

Royston Rotary Memory Cafe - Leader David Izod

With  

ageing  

demographics  

in  

the  

developed  

world,  

there  

is  

an  

increasing  

number

of  

people  

with  

memory  

difficulties  

and  

greater  

pressure  

on  

their  

carers.  

What  

is

needed   

is   

welcoming   

support   

and   

respite   

to   

both,   

within   

our   

community,

understanding of their difficulties.

The  

concept  

of  

the  

Memory  

Café  

has  

been  

around  

since  

the  

late  

1990’s  

and  

has  

developed  

in  

Europe,  

Australia  

and

the  

USA.  

It  

provides  

a  

place  

where  

any  

member  

of  

the  

public,  

who  

feel  

that  

they,  

or  

a  

person  

they  

know,  

and  

may

have  

a  

short-term  

memory  

problem,  

can  

drop  

in  

without  

any  

appointment  

and  

talk  

to  

a  

volunteer.  

We  

aim  

to  

provide

strong  

levels  

of  

stimulation  

for  

our  

guests  

and  

an  

opportunity  

for  

carers  

to  

exchange  

experiences  

and  

information.

We   

encourage   

peer   

interaction   

and   

social   

contact   

with   

fun,   

games,   

singing,   

current   

topics   

of   

interest   

so   

that

friendships  

can  

develop.  

This  

informal  

setting  

provides  

emotional  

support  

and  

also  

reduces  

the  

isolation  

felt  

by

people with dementia, their carers and families.

We  

are  

committed  

to  

achieving  

the  

best  

quality  

of  

life  

for  

our  

guests.  

We  

want  

to  

enable  

people  

with  

dementia  

to

maintain the maximum possible level of independence to remain in their home environment.

We  

have  

been  

running  

a  

warm,  

welcoming  

Memory  

Café  

since  

November  

2017  

and  

since  

that  

time  

have  

seen

average  

numbers  

of  

guests  

rise  

to  

about  

22  

with  

9  

volunteers.  

Typically,  

we  

will  

have  

tea,  

coffee,  

biscuits  

and  

a  

chat

followed  

by  

something  

of  

interest  

such  

as  

Lotto,  

Hand  

Bell  

Ringers,  

songs  

from  

the  

musicals,  

reminiscence  

boxes,

flower arranging, arts and crafts. Most importently, there are people to talk to and share memories with.

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