From left: Team leader Lucy Bale, Tonic Health dementia co-ordinator Jean Gifford, Crowland Cares’ Rose Evans and Crowland Cares chairman David Ringham.

New dementia social groups

A dementia charity has set up a new social group and want new members to join.

The Forget-Me-Not Café is for people with dementia and their carers in and around Crowland.

Spalding-based health and wellbeing charity Tonic Heath, Abbeyview Surgery, Crowland and Crowland Cares, a small charity organisation of the community, have joined forces 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, said: “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 10am-noon and is just £2.50 per person which includes refreshments.

Running alongside the café commencing on Monday October 14, the organisers are 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 threeyear National Lottery Fund and, due to a year’s funding from Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) 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, via 01775 725059.

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