Dozens of people have attended the first two Memory Cafés, which are held every Wednesday afternoon at the West Park tea room.
It enables individuals and families to meet other people with the condition, take part in activities, share their experiences and find out more about the help and support available to them, all while enjoying some delicious food and drink.
The café is run by members of City of Wolverhampton Council’s Catering Team, all of whom have been trained as Dementia Friends, and Councillor Peter Bilson, Cabinet Member for City Assets, said: “We’ve had a very good response to the new Memory Cafe, with visitors saying how much they appreciate the event and having the opportunity to meet, chat and get informal support.
“Visitors can expect a welcoming environment where everyone understands the challenges of the condition, and of caring for someone who is living with it. At the same time, they can enjoy hot or cold drinks, cakes and other delicious snacks from the tea room.”
For details, of the Memory Café, which meets from 1pm-3pm every Wednesday, please call the tea room on 01902 552122.
As well as the Memory Café, the council and the Alzheimer’s Society run three Dementia Cafés in the city. These take place at Linden House, Tettenhall Road, on the first Tuesday of the month from 10am-noon, Wednesfield Community Centre, Well Lane, from 10am-noon on the second Tuesday of the month and Bilston People’s Centre, Wolverhampton Street, on the first Friday of the month from 2pm-4pm.
Meanwhile, the Grand Theatre, with support from solicitors FBC Manby Bowdler, will soon be launching a weekly Dementia Café in the Grand Theatre’s Encore Lounge. It will take place from 10am-noon on the final Friday of the month between April and September, with visitors enjoying refreshments whilst being entertained by pantomime and music hall stars Ian Adams and Julie Paton.
Wolverhampton was officially granted Dementia Friendly Community status by the Alzheimer’s Society in December 2017 in recognition of the efforts being made by members of Wolverhampton Dementia Action Alliance to improve services for people living with dementia, and their families and carers.
Councillor Sandra Samuels OBE, Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: “These excellent cafés are just one of the ways the council and its partners are working to make Wolverhampton an even more Dementia Friendly Community, creating an environment which is welcoming and supportive to the more than 3,000 people who are living with dementia in our city.”