The Living Well Cafés provide a welcoming, safe and supportive place for people living with dementia and/or memory problems and their caregivers.
At the cafés we offer information and signposting to organisations which may be able to provide a service, information or help in other practical ways. Each week we have a range of optional activities such as reminiscing, puzzles, Boccia, and dancing, and we usually have a sing-along to finish. We sometimes have entertainment or an organisation giving a presentation to provide helpful information. At every café, we have a ‘fly cup’ with a ‘fine piece’!
There is no set charge to attend the cafés but donations are welcome to cover the costs of the refreshments and entertainment.
We have four cafés across the city:
Brimmond (formerly Newhills) Church and Oldmachar Church run on alternate Tuesdays. Devana (formerly Ferryhill) and Hillside (formerly Hilton) Churches run on alternate Thursdays.
All cafés run from 1 pm to 3 pm and a warm welcome awaits.
For further details please call either Jeanette (07512 141818) or Linda (07927 541029)
To come along to the cafés you can be referred through your GP or CPN, Link Practitioner or just come along and join in the fun. If you find this daunting, the café co-ordinator can visit at home with family members present, so you know a face when you come along.
For further information about becoming a café volunteer phone Linda (07927 541029), Jeanette (07512 141818) or get in touch by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our volunteers are invaluable to the running of the cafés and they get as much out of helping at the cafés as the café friends.
We encourage our volunteers to undertake Dementia Friend training through Alzheimer’s Scotland. Anyone can become a Dementia Friend by following this link.
Are you interested or have experience in working with people living with dementia? Do you have lots of patience and find it easy to chat, as well as listen? Why not contact us and arrange to come along to one of our cafés to see at first-hand what we do.
“Mum loves coming to the cafés. She comes alive because she feels comfortable and secure, and she joins in with everything. It is one of the few things she remembers now. She enjoys the entertainment, singing, dancing and Boccia, and really looks forward to going and seeing all her friends.”
“Mum and dad both get so much out of the café. Mum gets a dance/games and dad gets to chat as he likes to socialise. Everyone always makes the effort to come and say hello. Thank you for the work and effort you put in – it really is a valuable service.”