The ‘Forget-Me-Not Café’ is a new social group set up for people with dementia and their carers in and around Crowland.
Tonic Health, Abbeyview Surgery, Crowland and Crowland Cares, a small charity organisation of the community, joined forces in March 2019 in order to create the ‘Forget-Me-Not Café’.
The café provides a safe and informal group enabling people with dementia and their carers to come and participate in enjoyable activities such as singing, arts and crafts and quizzes along with the opportunity for carers to obtain advice and support. Lucy Bale, Dementia Co-Ordinator for the cafe, says ‘as a team, we do not let dementia override what we do, we come together in order to have fun and socialise with each other and offer support to those in the same or a similar position’.
The café meets on a weekly basis on a Thursday 10-12 noon and is just £2.50 per person which includes refreshments. The small fee contributes to the cost of the refreshments, materials for activities and room hire.
The group is going from strength to strength and it is hoped it will continue to do so in the future, supporting as many people as possible and raising awareness of dementia along the way.
Running alongside the café commencing on Monday 14th October 2019, Tonic Health, again in collaboration with Abbeyview Surgery and Crowland Cares, is bringing the FOCUS Group to Crowland. The day care provision group for those with dementia already runs successfully in Spalding at Tonic Health, funded through a 3 year National Lottery Fund and, due to 1 years funding from Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (L.P.F.T.) Managed Care Network, the much needed service is now able to be brought to Crowland. The group runs from 10am – 4pm and offers a range of activities to stimulate body and mind, with a different theme each session, to include lunch and refreshments. The cost is from £20 per session and is open to a maximum of 12 people. Booking is essential so for any further information or to book a space please contact Tonic Health on 01775 725059.