Dementia café, Market Harborough
Coffee, cake and conversation
The idea of the café is simple – to provide a safe and relaxing place for people
with dementia and their families and carers to share experiences, have access to information
and to meet others in the same situation.
We are also aiming to combat the isolation felt by members through:
- Providing a relaxing place where people can share experiences
- Providing a range of speakers and activities that give information that helps to
- Enabling both carers and cared-for to share and enjoy an activity together
- Speaking out about dementia and its effects so that people feel empowered to deal
- Developing a range of resources and information that people can use to help improve
their knowledge of the condition and to enhance their daily lives
- Most importantly for people to have fun together.
The café meets on the third Thursday of every month and has a full
programme of speakers,
activities and events for 2017
. All are welcome to join us.
Dr Oli Hands (right) addressing
our February 2014 meeting
All meetings are held from 2pm to 4pm, and you can find us at:-
Jubilee Hall is shown on this
The café is well supported by the Community Mental Health Team, and we encourage visits by professionals
from other agencies that can offer support to members.
For more information please come along to the
café, or get in touch with Sarah on 07710 011174 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dementia cafés in Kibworth and Thurmaston
We are excited to be supporting The Well, Kibworth with the launch of their new
monthly Dementia café group which started in July 2013. For more information please visit their website
www.thewellkibworth.org, contact Emma Dowman on 0116 279 0148, or drop in at The Well.
In addition to this we are also delighted to be supporting Jane and Marian with the 'Thrummy Drummer' Dementia Support & Social Group they have set up in
Thurmaston. having started in September 2013, supported by Councillor Knaggs and Thurmaston Parish Council, their meetings have attracted growing attendance. For contact details and
dates of their meetings please see their
How did Dementia cafes get started and what have we done so far?
The concept of Dementia cafés first arose in Holland when Bere Meisen, a Dutch psychiatrist,
felt that there was a need to create an environment where people with dementia and
their family and carers could meet and socialise with others in a similar situation
and gain access to help and advice.
Meisen’s first café was opened in a lecture room in Leiden University in 1997 and
soon attracted 150 people to the meetings. This success soon spread to the UK and
the first café was opened in 2000 in Farnborough, Hampshire.
Read more about Dementia cafés.
In January 2011 a three month trial was started to see if a Dementia café in
Market Harborough was sustainable. It was obvious from the start that
this was meeting a great number of people’s needs and in April 2011 the café established
itself as an independent small charity called Dementia café Market Harborough.
You can read about the activities at our