Dementia café opens in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 18:33 17 November 2017 | UPDATED: 18:33 17 November 2017

Deputy mayor councillor Barbara Fitzsimon, Home Instead Welwyn and Hatfield managing director Heather Simms, Blueberry Hill Care managing director Shelley Jackson, and community support representative Jane Andrews.
Picture: Home Instead Senior Care Welwyn and Hatfield/Blueberry Hill Care

Deputy mayor councillor Barbara Fitzsimon, Home Instead Welwyn and Hatfield managing director Heather Simms, Blueberry Hill Care managing director Shelley Jackson, and community support representative Jane Andrews. Picture: Home Instead Senior Care Welwyn and Hatfield/Blueberry Hill Care

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Two care providers have teamed up to launch a café for dementia sufferers, their families and carers.

Home Instead Senior Care Welwyn and Hatfield has teamed up with Blueberry Hill Care to set up a Dementia Friendly Community Café at The Family Centre, Woodhall Lane, WGC.

The café offers a safe, welcoming atmosphere for those who require stimulation, socialization and for those who feel lonely or isolated.

The café’s launch on November 9 gave like-minded people the chance to socialise, have a cup of tea, enjoy some activities, including crafts.

Music was also played on a classic guitar and food was supplied by Tesco Extra.

Welwyn and Hatfield’s deputy mayor, councillor Barbara Fitzsimon was in attendance, alongside many charity organisations, members of the Dementia Action Alliance, supportive businesses and local government bodies from both Welwyn Hatfield and the Hertsmere area.

Community support representative for Home Instead Senior Care, Jane Andrews, said: “We are overjoyed by the launch of our Dementia Friendly Community Café.

“It was such a delight to welcome the local community to the launch.

“Our aim is to bring together as many of the ageing community as possible.”

Jane added: “With an ageing population, cases of dementia are increasing.

“This means that more and more people in the local area will be affected by the condition at some point in their lives.

“It is our hope that by educating the local community, we can create superior dementia awareness and through positive social interaction we can drive our mission to create a dementia friendly community.”

The Dementia Friendly Community Café will run every third Thursday of the month, with families, friends and care support all welcome.

If you would like to find out more, visit: https://www.homeinstead.co.uk/welwyn or call 01707 240 650

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