Talk to Me Cafe debuts at Clarks Hill in Prestwich to tackle isolation

07/06/2017

A monthly drop-in cafe that offers support to people with dementia and their carers launched at Clarks Hill Retirement Living scheme in Prestwich on 11th May.

The idea to set up the cafe came from Prestwich resident Kate Walker, who made a bid for funding to help run it through Ambition For Ageing (A4A), a £10.2m Greater Manchester level programme aimed at creating more age friendly places and empowering older people to be a part of their community.

Kate said, "The cafe was set up in honour of my husband Colin, who had vascular dementia. Its aim is to help other local people with dementia and those who care for them. Many have a fear of what will happen and a lot of questions of what to do in challenging situations, such as how to deal with when a loved one can no longer remember them or others.

Kate Walker, Talk To Me Cafe founder  Snacks and refreshments at the Talk To Me Cafe in Prestwich

"Having experienced what they are going through, I know it can be isolating, so I want the cafe to provide a friendly, welcoming place where they can meet other people who are in the same situation and find out any information they need.

"I already volunteer at Clarks Hill Retirement Living Scheme and thought the size of the communal area would be ideal to run the cafe. Staff there, including Six Town Housing's Community Development Worker, recommended I applied for funding from A4A. I would not have been able to do as much as I have done without their backing, it has provided the refreshments and decorations for the cafe and helped with its successful launch. I hope that it will continue to help a lot of people going forward."

The 'Talk To Me' cafe runs on the second Thursday of every month between 2pm and 4pm.

Ambition for Ageing is run locally in Bury by Groundwork and more information can be accessed by emailing julie.bentley@groundwork.org.uk

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