MP opens Mundesley church-based Dementia café
Norman Lamb, Member of Parliament for North Norfolk, opened a dementia café on Friday January 19 at the All Saints Community Rooms in Mundesley, run by the local church. Tony Rothe reports.
Over the past year, considerable repairs and improvements have been made to the Community Rooms, including new windows, improved seating to suit elderly and dementia sufferers, and an upgrade to the toilets to make them disabled-accessible. This was made possible by a concerted fund-raising effort, and generous help from local businesses and charities.
These resulted in increased use of the venue, the most successful being a monthly Soup ‘n’ Pud event which regularly attracts at least forty people. But the folk at the church decided more was needed.
“This new Dementia inclusive café has been set up by Mundesley Parish Church because we recognised a need in the local community especially amongst the elderly and those struggling to care for their loved ones particularly those suffering from dementia” explained Eleanor Jones and Wendy Fredericks from Mundesley Church. “We were inspired to provide a welcoming place that is inclusive, providing delicious refreshments, craft activities, conversation and a chance to meet people.”
The vision of a Dementia inclusive café clearly stirred a passion in many people in and around Mundesley, and the project soon attracted both donations and volunteers, with several fundraising events taking place.
“It has been incredible even amongst the volunteers as we have found new friends and look forward to serving the community together” said Wendy and Eleanor. “The opening today by Norman Lamb, pictured right, was a great start and we hope that we will make a difference; certainly, people were saying that they had enjoyed themselves and were pleased that they had come, the atmosphere echoed this with talking and laughter.”
The Dementia café, known as Open Door, will be open each third Friday of the month 10am -11.30am in All Saints’ Community Rooms on Cromer Road, Mundesley, NR11 8JG.
The organisers would like to thank all the local business and charities that gave their support, including:
• Aviva Community fund
• The friends of Mundesley Inshore Lifeboat
• Mundesley Fish and Fry chip shop
• Affinity Digital Agents
• Trunch Village Stores
• Flux Family Fund
• Shelroy Charitable Trust Fund
• Bishop of Norwich’s Community Fund
• Communities that Care Stay Well This Winter
• Rotary Club of North Walsham
There is also an intention to occasionally host outside agencies like Age UK, CAB, etc. that could provide wider assistance to those attending, and it is hoped this will be the start of other activities to improve the health and wellbeing of those living in Mundesley and the surrounding area.
Revd Andrew Jones, Rector of the Trunch Group of parishes, pictured, right, with two of the cafe customers, said “Please pray for us in this new venture that, it is hoped, the café will reach and support some of the most vulnerable in our communities.”
The photos above are courtesy of Nadine Gray.
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