Haydon Wick Community Memory Café Opened it’s doors with roaring success and to the sounds of the 60s

Haydon Wick Community Memory Café Opened it’s doors with roaring success and to the sounds of the 60s 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

Haydon Wick Parish Council opened the doors to it’s Community Memory Café for the first time on Wednesday 13th October. The café is designed to offer a safe place to socialise, learn more about living with dementia and memory loss, signpost attendees to local services, and enjoy something new each session.

The morning of Wednesday 13th October welcomed the official launch date for the eagerly anticipated opening of the community café. The project started in September 2020 with a public consultation process, has achieved a number of external funding grants to enhance planned services, and will be taking place every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, 10.30am – 12.30pm at the Haydon Wick Parish Council Offices. With an army of willing and very able volunteers, the open morning welcomed local residents, who enjoyed baked treats, live music, a seated exercise class and more. The open morning was designed by Memory Café Co-ordinator Joanne Newman to be a ‘taster session’ of the varied and engaging activities to come.

Ellen Baker Lee, Chair of the Community Development Committee had this to say about the project:

“This has been a project very close to my heart and the team here have worked so hard to bring the Memory Cafe dream to a reality.  We are aware that people living with dementia benefit enormously from external stimulation and being in a position to offer the Mobii Table as well as music, movement and company is a real privilege. Families and carers often feel isolated, and this has been exacerbated by the pandemic.  We can now offer a safe space for people to enjoy the company of others, and of course, a slice of cake! We are also very thankful to our wonder Community Bus drivers who have helped enormously by ensuring safe transport is available to those within our community who need it and are able to benefit from this wonderful community service”.

The Council was delighted to receive grant funding from The Community Outbreak Management Fund (Voluntary Action Swindon) to assist with COVID safety actions and messaging of reassurance for attendees; and funding towards a sensory state-of-the-art omiVista Mobbi table. The sensory table will form part of the larger community project, and be shared within the community through a number of local groups and organisations.

Vinay Manro, Chairman of the Council had this to say: “the inaugural Memory Café was a signification moment for Haydon Wick. The café’s development is yet another service we have committed to delivering for the community of Haydon Wick. We are incredibly proud of the café which was initially made possible through several external grant funds.  Our café will run twice monthly and eventually travel across the parish, making good use of our community bus service, so contact us if you or someone you know may benefit from attending.

If you or someone you know is living with memory loss and would like to attend the Haydon Wick Memory Café, please call 01793 722446 or email

Parish Council Memory Café Launches Wednesday 13th October, 10.30am

Parish Council Memory Café Launches Wednesday 13th October, 10.30am 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

The Parish Council will be opening it’s doors to host the first of it’s Memory Café sessions on Wednesday 13th October, 2021. The Memory Café will provide residents living with dementia and their carers a safe place for a cup of tea and chat, and much more.

The first session promises to deliver entertainment in the shape of a 60’s sing-along, health benefits with chair based exercises and of course, cake.

If you have any questions, would like to register your interest or book a free space, please email or call 01793 722446.

Council is tackling isolation head on

Council is tackling isolation head on 1089 1024 Caroline Hunt

Haydon Wick Parish Council is pleased to report that plans for the Haydon Wick Dementia Café have been progressing well.

The effects of isolation and loneliness are an increasing concern for everyone this year.  The national COVID-19 regulations have meant that many dementia suffers and their carers have experienced heightened feelings of remoteness and separation. Looking to address these concerns, Haydon Wick Parish Council is delighted to announce that it has secured external funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to help finance the development and project delivery of a community Dementia Café

The additional external funding will be used towards the investment in a mobile state-of-the-art interactive sensory unit, which can be used within the Dementia Café setting, and will be shared with the wider community in local care homes. The award winning interactive equipment will enable participants to experience a greater opportunity for socialisation, mobilisation, emotional stability and so much more. It is hoped that this community resource will help enable increased communication and integration for what can be considered a traditionally marginalised section of the community.

A community consultation survey was run by the Parish Council towards the end of last year, and of those that participated, 79% of residents said they would like to see an increase in provisions for those suffering with dementia and isolation in our community. Councillor Ellen Baker Lee has this to say about the project:

“Now more than ever, we need to engage with those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their carer’s and loved ones. This Dementia Cafe is a great way of reaching out and including everyone in activities that they can enjoy and identify with. And the fact that it is mobile and can be moved from care home to care home means more residents can benefit from it.   As someone who has first-hand experience of the disease, I know that this will be of great benefit to the community”.

The Parish Council has been delighted to receive several volunteer applications to assist with the running of the Community Dementia Café. If you are reading this article and would like to get involved, please visit to register your interest.

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