Support for our older population and those with memory challenges is something that Astwood Bank Rotary is keen to provide.

To fulfil this need, members of the newly formed Astwood Bank Rotary Group and their supporters, have launched a new and exciting Memory Café, where local people can come and have a cup of tea and a chat with friends old and new in a safe friendly environment.

Many different people will be able to benefit from the Rotary Memory Café and you can find us at Astwood Bank Church Hall (St. Matthias & St. George Church), Church Road, Astwood Bank, Redditch  B96 6EH. Doors are open from 2 – 4pm on the first Thursday of each month.

The Café is a place to connect with others in a safe and inclusive environment, and we aim to have all our volunteers signed up as Dementia Friends or Champions with the Alzheimer’s Society.

The inspiration for this project came from one of our Rotary members, Carol Yates. Carol said that the idea for wanting to set up a dementia café came from her own personal experience as she has lived in the village of Astwood Bank all her life and has seen the population ageing. For the past 4 years Carol has cared for her elderly mother and has found it difficult to find local places to take her mother to socialise, and for Carol herself to meet other carers, to share emotions and gather information and advice about navigating local services.

The plan is to make the Astwood Bank Memory Café free at the point of need, but this is only possible with on-going community support and we need to invest in resources for visitors to enjoy such as memory boxes. Our programme is being designed to provide stimulating activities aimed at improving memory skills and will benefit from professional input and volunteer time. Partners and carers will be included with specialist advice available to the group, along with the development of a peer-support network.

If you can help in any way, then please get in touch to help make Astwood Bank a dementia friendly community…