In partnership with Shropshire Libraries, Bethphage recently launched a Memory Café at Our Space Community Centre and Library in Ellesmere.
The Memory Café serves as a relaxed and informal place for people with memory loss, Alzheimer’s, dementia to come either on their own or with friends and family to meet in a friendly environment to share experiences, knowledge and obtain information about dementia.
Our Space’s Memory café was made possible by the combined efforts of local people from the community of which it was created to serve as a vibrant hub. It was organised by Bethphage’s Day Opportunities Manager, Xee Davies, with input from library staff and volunteers and support from Angela Jebb, Care and Community Coordinator. Xee wanted to give a special thanks to Tesco Ellesmere and their customers for fundraising for the Memory Café, “the funding has enabled us to make those extra special touches to the events such as arrange entertainment, providing games or more relaxing activities that are suitable for all tastes. In addition to the funds raised, Tesco Ellesmere are also providing refreshments on the day.”
Team Librarian, Heather Rodenhurst. officially launched the Memory Café with a reminisce session sharing some of the “spending time indoors” memory bag over cake and a cup of tea followed by a 45 minute singing session with local musician Adrian Plant. Heather was delighted with the success of the day, “it went so well… and was really good to see a living representation of the aims and ethos of Our Space right in front of our eyes.”
The success of the Memory Café can be measured by the positive impact it had on the people who came along, Xee commented, “to see the change in people as they relaxed within the group, the smiles, laughs and memories made it all worthwhile and we are really excited to build on this success for the next event at the end of February!” Shropshire Libraries Area Manager, Teresa Eccleston was equally delighted with the day, “this is something we are keen to set up in our other libraries and is an excellent template to follow. This comes at a very opportune moment when we are looking at budgets again and need to demonstrate the value of what is being provided. We know how important initiatives like this are but it is great to get validation from the community in such a positive way.”
The Memory Café meets once a month at Our Space Community Centre and Library, Ellesmere on the last Monday of the month between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm and will continue throughout the year. Our Space is looking forward to welcoming people back for the next session and receiving new faces to visit. Free refreshments are provided courtesy of Tesco and there is an additional treat of cake courtesy of the fabulous library volunteers.
For more information please contact Our Space Community Centre and Library direct on 01743258555 or follow @OurSpaceEllesmere on Facebook for more updates.
The next Memory Café is on Monday, 26th February 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Our Space Community Centre and Library, Trimpley Street, Ellesmere.
Team Librarian Heather Rodenhurst launches the Memory Cafe with a reminisce session
Musician Adrian Plant leads the sing song
The session ends with a final sing song with musician Adrian Plant