'People are feeling more confident': Dementia service back on track after Covid
- Credit: Sandra Hughes
Positivity is creeping back into the city with a vital memory loss service reporting it is now close to full capacity once more.
Sprowston Community Dementia Café provides a supportive environment for carers and family members to bring their loved ones to on the third Thursday of every month.
The last couple of months after lockdown proved to be quiet, but numbers are now soaring once again with the Diamond Centre-based café close to capacity last week.
Dementia champion Sandra Hughes has explained why the peer support offered is so important for those affected by memory loss and symptoms of dementia.
She said: "Relatives are able to share experiences and offer solutions that they may have found useful themselves.
"They can also let people who are struggling know that they are not alone on the dementia journey."
Each meeting offers a variety of activities such as jigsaws, bingo crafts and informal quizzes or discussions. Guests were also greeted with the sights of autumn foliage at the café for the recent meeting.
- 1 School sacks suspended teacher after investigation and petition
- 2 Former city sex shop up for sale
- 3 Roads chaos continues with more work lined up at busy junction
- 4 'They want to suck your blood': Bed bugs invade city homes
- 5 Dispute with council over legal cannabis use following eviction from home
- 6 Teenager suffers serious injuries in city crash
- 7 U-turn on city bike shop closure
- 8 Norwich Western Link route change report delayed
- 9 When will work start on new Aldi store?
- 10 'Awe and disbelief' as thousands of bees swarm pub garden
The service has been running for five years, but was closed for 18 months as Covid put the service on hold.
Mrs Hughes said: "During the pandemic, people with memory loss will have been forced into isolation which can be confusing, and frustrating and has been shown to have produced a marked deterioration in their cognitive functions.
"The wearing of face masks alone would be very difficult for them and often frightening. We are hoping that our services will help to provide some form of stimulation and help with this."
The café is completely volunteer-led with support offered by Sprowston Town Council who allow the service to take place in the Diamond Centre.
Primary schools and the Sprowston Youth Engagement Project have both forged strong links with the dementia café with children proving to be a highlight for members when they mix together.
Sprowston town councillor Bill Couzens, who volunteers at the service, said: "I think people are feeling more confident about coming out and also word is spreading about the café."
The service takes place between 10am and noon.