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Our stories REDUCE LONELINESS AND SOCIAL ISOLATION THE CAFE THAT CARES


Supporting those with dementia and those who care for them


Every Friday afternoon, thanks to a team of dedicated volunteers and funding from Stratford Town Trust, Café WRAP becomes a hub of activity, conversation and care. The idea for the café came from Mike Strophair who began a project around reminiscence training to support people with dementia. He quickly realised that lots of people didn't know what to do with their loved ones after receiving a diagnosis.


He said: ‘When diagnosed with dementia, family and friends often stop visiting so it can be very lonely. We wanted to give them a time away from the house that's calm and unpressured, to learn from each other and share advice.’


Jeffrey attends each week with his wife Barbara and welcomes the opportunity to not be stuck in the house and see other people: 'It's good to meet up with others and hear their experiences and problems.’


Marcella finds that coming to the group is therapeutic for her husband Alan. ‘Carers don't bring him to groups so although this doesn't give me a break, it's important to keep him interested and for him to socialise.’


Space to relax


The café run a range of activities each week and provide a space to relax, chat and enjoy refreshments. Artist Carey Moon is currently helping the group to do a range of arts activities themed around the poem The Owl and the Pussycat. She said: ‘I often notice that towards the end of the session, everyone seems less stressed. It gives them the chance to get totally lost in art and music and form friendships. The process is enjoyable and it's nice for those caring for their loved ones to join in too.’


£27,000 1 year project


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