The Salvation Army in Great Yarmouth is inviting people with dementia to Sally Ann’s Memory Café.
The club is held from 10am to 1pm every Friday (except the last Friday of every month) by Harry Woods, Community Manager for the charity.
Harry said, “The club is open to anyone experiencing problems with their memory, from the elderly and forgetful to people diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. It also provides some respite for family carers.”
The club is tailored towards stimulating memories through designated activities, sometimes including dancing and colouring.
“Recently they have included wartime, old-fashioned sweets and occupation. We also hope to arrange trips. Each session gets underway with a coffee and a catch-up before a fun quiz with pictures on a screen designed to get the brain working,” Harry continued.
The Salvation Army has worked for over 150 years transforming lives across the UK. The Christian-based organisation helps people of all ages and backgrounds.
For some of the members of the club, it is the only time they come out of the house, so it is essential that the club is positive and inclusive for all of the participants.
“Family carers are struggling because there is no support or respite so this is an opportunity for them. I’m told having four hours every Friday morning is a massive help, so we are here as much for them as we are for the users.”
If you or anyone you know might benefit from the café and are in the Great Yarmouth area, please email email@example.com or call 01493 858 069.