Memory cafés offer a friendly welcome for anyone affected by dementia, or worried about their or someone else’s memory. They provide practical information and support, as well as the opportunity for people to ask questions and to listen to others’ experience. They also provide an informal and social environment in which to learn new skills, enjoy activities, listen to guest speakers and make new friends.
There are several memory cafes in South Gloucestershire, some are operated by Alzheimer’s Society and some are run by community volunteers and each has a different style:
The Hanham Memory Café is open from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on the fourth Tuesday of every month, and is held at the Hanham Community Centre, 124 High Street, Hanham, BS15 3EJ.
The Yate Memory Café is open from 2.30pm to 4.30pm on the last Thursday of every month, and is held at the Yate Library, West Walk, Yate, BS37 4AX.
The Winterbourne Memory Café is open from 2pm to 4pm on the first Monday of every month (apart from bank holidays), and is held at the Greenfield Centre, Park Avenue, Winterbourne, BS36 1NJ.
The Filton memory Café is run and hosted by the Alzheimer’s Society with support from Filton Library. The café meets on the fourth Thursday of every month from 10.30am to 12:30pm. New attendees are very welcome to just turn up, or contact the library for more information on 01454 868006.
The Emersons Green Café runs every second Thursday of the month, from 2pm to 4pm, and is held at Emersons Green Library, Emerson Way, Emersons Green BS16 7AP. You will meet friendly and supportive people affected by dementia and can spend time sharing information and experiences. Alzheimer’s Society staff and volunteers will be available to give you support, provide you with information and offer refreshments. There’ll be tea, coffee, soft cold drinks and cakes and a range of activities. Although the café is run by Alzheimer’s Society it is equally suitable for people with other forms of dementia. The library will be open as usual so you can also take the opportunity to borrow books or DVDs, use the computers free of charge, and find out about library services.
If you’d like to find out more about these memory cafés, contact your local Alzheimer’s Society on 0117 961 0693 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Patchway Memory Café is run by volunteers as part of South Gloucestershire Dementia Action Alliance, managed by Southern Brooks Community Partnerships. The café is free and meets on the first and third Monday of the month from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway BS34 5DQ. Community transport is available. Please contact Carol Eddon on 0117 979 3732 or e-mail email@example.com
Takes place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month in The Sportsman’s Lounge at Charfield Memorial Hall between 10am and 11am.
The group offers friendship and support to people of all ages living in Charfield and the surrounding villages, particularly those who are living with, or caring for someone with memory problems.
For further information on this and other support services available please contact Amanda on 07814 692 195 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Thornbury Memory Café is run by local people, and supports those in Thornbury and the surrounding area with some form of memory loss. The café meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 10.15am in the Methodist Church Hall. Anyone with a memory problem, together with a carer or friend is welcome. There is time for chatter and meeting with others. Please contact Sue Rowley 01454 412941.
St Stephen’s Church Hall, Church Road, Soundwell, BS16 4RH
Meets on the second Monday of the month 10.15am – 12.15pm
For further information contact Winsome on 01454 868570 or email email@example.com
A car park is available at the rear of the hall for café users.
Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church Hall, High Street, Chipping Sodbury, BS37 6AH
Meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month, 10.30am-12.00 noon
For further information call 01454 313023 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org
United Reformed Church, Chapel Street, Thornbury, BS35 2BA
Opening launch 23rd June 2017
Meets on 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month 10.15am-11.45am
Contact Barbara Goom on 01454 414826 or Robin Pencavel on 01454 632064
The Batch Community Centre, 8a Park Road, Warmley, BS30 8EB
Meets on the first Wednesday on every month
1.00pm – 3.00pm
Contact Tracie May on 0117 9610155 or email: email@example.com
All carers, visitors, patients and staff welcome
Every Wednesday 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Level 5, Gate 28, Brunel Building, Southmead Hospital
Contact: Jet O’Neill, Dementia Care Matron 0117 4149062
Or email: jenette.o’firstname.lastname@example.org
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