On 16th September at 7pm, Bidford-on-Avon Health Centre held a talk on dementia led by Carole Zambonini  founder of the successful dementia cafe “Alcester Cafe” http://www.alcesterdementiacafe.org/.

The room was filled with around 60 people interested in dementia, how they could help within their local community and how Bidford-on-Avon could have a similar cafe to Alcester.

Carole started with a dementia friends session and went onto speak about her life as a carer to her mother and how Alcester Cafe was formed. She explained that Alcester Cafe is a one stop shop with support from Alzheimer’s, Age UK, CAB, WRAP and covers everything you need to know from power of attorney to information on different types of dementia. The cafe also helps with exercise, singing for memory and social sessions. It now has around 50 volunteers working on a rota and is open Tuesdays and Fridays 10.30-12.30 with everyone welcome. It is a drop in cafe so you can arrive any time during its opening hours and it is free of charge.

Dr Shackley, the senior partner at the Practice and other senior doctors were present and delighted with the presentation and very pleased with the number of people attending the Presentation.  They expressed their hope that together with the PPG they would be able to establish a similar provision to the Alcester Cafe in Bidford.  A venue had been identified and availability at times which did not clash with when Alcester Cafe was open.  There will be a meeting in November when it is hoped to get together all interested parties who are able to assist both practically and financially with a projected start date in January 2016.

If you want to find out more about the proposed cafe in Bidford, or would like to help, please contact Carole on 01789 488088.

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