North Walsham Dementia Support Group

North Walsham

Your story

We run a twice weekly dementia friendly cafe providing friendly support for all, including a 2 course lunch and a very varied range of activities

Group introduction

Our group, with the help of Age UK Norfolk, made our town of North Walsham Dementia Friendly in July 2015. Following that we began a dementia friendly cafe (Cameo Cafe) in November 2015. At first it was every Tuesday but we soon had to expand to Thursday's too. We are open 10 to 3 and have about 30 volunteers to cover both sessions each week ( not all at once!) For a cost of £5 per person we provide refreshments including a 2 course hot lunch plus a varied programme of activities.
Primarily we are for those living with dementia, their family, friends or carers or for anyone who feels they would like more social contact. We run a carers group once a month with the help of our friends at the Alzheimer's society. We have had some wonderful support from local businesses and individuals and try to expand on our local links wherever we can.

How would this funding have an impact on your community?

The money would go towards our running costs and help us to continue to "buy in" some different entertainment such as reminiscence films, music groups and so on. We are a new group & we intend for it to continue long term so we have to keep what we offer fresh and inviting ( and relevant) and reach out to as many people as we can reach within our town and also in neighbouring villages. This involves costs such as printing of leaflets which can soon add up.
We find that our volunteers get a good deal out of helping at the cafe as well as those that come as our "guests" and the problem of dementia is an ongoing one so we can potentially help 60-70 people if you include guests & volunteers, each week. We are also raising the awareness of dementia within our community which cannot really have a figure put on it.

"Helping people in difficult times know they are not doing it alone
Carol Dunnell
Group Secretary"

For more information visit:

Cameo Cafe Furze Hill resource Centre