We all forget things sometimes; where you put your keys or why you walked in to a room and it is frustrating. For most this is just a symptom of stress, a busy life or getting older but this forgetfulness is not dementia.
Dementia is a condition that affects many areas of a person’s life including memory, decision making, way finding, language and judgement. It is much more than forgetfulness. People with dementia may experience a multitude of different symptoms at any one time and the support required for both the person living with dementia and their families takes a lot of skill and resources.
In 2010, nurses Kate Smith and Laura Walker, frustrated with the lack of good quality support for people living with dementia, took the plunge and started Memory Matters South West CIC; an organisation who’s aims are to compassionately support those with dementia, providing top quality therapy and respite care. Memory Matters believe in providing support in small groups or on a one to one to ensure that every single person is known. “We will get to know people’s history, their beliefs about the world and importantly their perspective which can often be affected by the dementia”
The outcomes for people living with dementia are fantastic. Those we support are engaged, happy and building friendships whilst giving their carers a break.
Kate and Laura wanted to grow their service and find a sustainable solution that would benefit more people. The idea for Moments Café and Hub came from one of our non-executive directors in 2015. The idea grew from there and we started looking into how it would work. We spoke to lots of people from all walks of life including people living with dementia and their carers. We wanted the Café to be well designed, easy to navigate but comfortable and user friendly for all to enjoy. The café is a place that is fun to be in, with good quality food where every customer contributes to their community by supporting people living with dementia just by eating here.
All profits from the café support the running of services for people living with dementia and the Information Centre and Hub situated above.
The Café/Hub is supported by Plymouth City Councils Social Enterprise Investment Fund.