Honiton: 'Huge demand' for memory cafe

PUBLISHED: 10:07 16 December 2009 | UPDATED: 00:41 16 June 2010

PLANS to open a memory café for dementia sufferers in Honiton are forging ahead – thanks to efforts by the town s senior council.

PLANS to open a 'memory café' for dementia sufferers in Honiton are forging ahead - thanks to efforts by the town's senior council.

At a meeting last week, the council agreed to establish the café with the support of other groups, interested professionals and volunteers.

"There is a huge, unmet demand for this," said the council's secretary, Tony Simpson.

"The Devon Partnership NHS Trust has said that almost 80 per cent of people suffering from dementia are receiving no care."

Project leaders are currently looking at venues in Honiton, in a bid to identify the best possible premises for the café.

Mr Simpson said: "It will give people the opportunity to socialise, and counter isolation, and bring people together in a pleasant environment. Trained staff and experienced volunteers will be there to help and support them, and refreshments will be available.

"Dementia sufferers can bring along old photographs and items from their past, and take part in games and conversation and, most importantly, be listened to.

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