WHAT IS A WELLBEING CAFE?
A Wellbeing Cafe is a social event for those with memory loss or dementia and their carers. The normal format is an afternoon tea (sandwiches, cakes etc) and a professional entertainer. The entertainers are usually singers who perform music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. We also welcome ocassional speakers from organisations such as the police, AgeUK etc who can offer advice and support to our members. We ask them to speak for no more than 10 minutes but to then make themselves available for one to one conversations. The wellbeing cafe also provides access to information on support services available in the area and signposting to other organisations and agencies.
The cafe takes place once a month, normally on the 3rd Thursday, between 1:30 and 3:30pm.
Silsden Wellbeing Cafe is one of over 20 such cafes in the Bradford Metropolitan area. It is run by Silsden Methodist Church on behalf of and with funding from Bradford Metropolitan District Council. Although run by the church the cafe is open to those of all faiths and none.
Why a social event?
Christine Ireson, who set up the first Wellbeing Cafes for Bradford Metropolitan District Council, had both professional and personal experience of services for those living with dementia . Her experience suggested to her that those with memory loss welcomed the opportunity to enjoy a social event where they could enjoy themselves like everyone else rather than being reminded of their condition. Our experience supports this view. So our Wellbeing Cafe is an opportunity to socialise and have fun and leave concerns at the door!
Who can attend?
Anyone who lives with any form of memory loss, whether due to dementia, stroke or any other cause. For safeguarding reasons we ask that all are accompanied by a carer and we are unable to provide transport to the event.
Is there a cost?
Although currently fully funded we do suggest a donation of £2 per person. These donations are used to support other activities within the local community. We are currently supporting the Silsden Stroke Club.
If I know someone who might benefit from attending what should I do?
We prefer that you contact the leader by email firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance. Alternatively you are welcome to call in during a session for more details or to see for yourself. Please note particularly the sections above which have been highlighted in bold.