Vale of Belvoir Rotary Club Memory Cafe helps dementia sufferers and their carers

Dimentia sufferers and their carers who attended the first session of the Memory cafe at the All Saints Day Centre in Cotgrave.  PHOTO: Supplied
Dimentia sufferers and their carers who attended the first session of the Memory cafe at the All Saints Day Centre in Cotgrave. PHOTO: Supplied
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Nostalgia boxes and group discussions were used to help people with memory problems at a new cafe on Thursday - sponsored by the Vale of Belvoir Rotary Club.

The Vale of Belvoir Rotary Club Memory Cafe, which is based at the All Saints Day Centre in Church Lane, Cotgrave, hosts monthly sessions for dementia sufferers and their carers. Sessions run on the last Thursday of every month (2pm-4pm) and include different themes.

The cafe is aimed at people in the Vale of Belvoir, surrounding villages including Cropwell Bishop and Cropwell Butler and other areas including Bingham, Cotgrave and Radcliffe.

Duncan Garment, a member of the Vale of Belvoir Rotary Club, said: “On Thursday the Rotary team led a nostalgic discussion through the theme of snowy weather, with photos, music and videos of winter-related activities covering the 1940s, 50s and 60s. There were also many props and visual material relating to this period to help encourage some good discussions between everyone.”

The cafe, which is free for people with memory problems and their helpers, is intended to provide some light relief and fun for people diagnosed with dementia and their helpers rather than helping to diagnose memory problems. Free refreshments are provided.

Doug Downing, community services chairman of the Vale of Belvoir Rotary Club, said: “Each year we look for ideas where we can provide the most help to the community we live in and, with the rise in dementia suffers throughout the country, we considered it would be a very good project to become involved with.”

The memory cafe next opens on Thursday, February 26 and the theme will be ‘The Games We Used To Play’.

Booking is essential. To book a place call Doug on 07905 191777 or email douglas.downing@ntlworld.com