Successful first meeting at Downham Market Dementia cafe

Downham dementia support association group first cafe meeting ANL-151027-084647009
Downham dementia support association group first cafe meeting ANL-151027-084647009

A new dementia cafe in Downham has hit the right note during a musical first meeting.

A Dementia Community has been launched in Downham which aims to make the town more inclusive and understanding for people suffering from the condition.

One of the initiatives from this is the launch of a dementia cafe, which began on Monday.

Several dementia sufferers and their carers went along to the first meeting in Downham Methodist Church Hall along with scores of volunteers.

The Flukes ukulele group entertained them during the session, which also offered an option for lunch.

One of the people behind the event is Jenny Filby.

She said: “It was a fantastic morning and we are hoping to hold two a month.

“The Flukes were playing during the session and quite a few people joined in with that.”

The cafe will be held on the fourth Monday of each month, and not as previously stated in the Lynn News. The next session will be held on Monday, November 23.

Downham Dementia Support Association is working with Age UK Norfolk on the Dementia Community scheme.

n A carers group is also hoping to attract new members.

The group meets in Downham Youth Centre on a Friday from 10am.

The sessions are open to all carers of people with physical and mental problems.

Sessions are held weekly and are aimed to give carers a break.