Reepham & District Rotary Club, working with others in the community, is to launch a café in Reepham for those living with memory loss and their carers.
This will be held at St Michael’s Reepham from 10 am to 12 noon on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, starting on 23 September.
Those who would like to help in any way are invited to a Rotary club review of plans on Monday 9 August at St Michael’s beginning at 7 pm. There will be a buffet and drinks hosted by the club.
Rotarian Peter Williams has been leading the team that has been planning the project for nearly a year.
“We have identified a need and taken a lot of advice as to the best way to meet that need,” he said. “We understand that a change of scenery can be stimulating for those with memory difficulties and a help to those who care for them.”
The Sunshine Café will offer a warm, welcoming and friendly atmosphere with music, games and entertainment, as well as tea, coffee and cake.
“We know that uptake will be slow as we are appealing to a group of people who may find new things difficult,” said Mr Williams.
“However, we are building a team with the patience, experience and love needed to make a difference.”
There will be no membership, regular fees or any obligation to visit; anyone with a need can turn up on the day and be assured of a warm welcome.
There will also be a “taster” session on Thursday 9 September for people to try out the idea and see if it suits them.
Since the project was first suggested, there have been many expressions of interest from the community, from people who see a need to those who would like to come and help in some way.
The meeting on 9 August is for them. For safety reasons in the current climate, we need to know the numbers of people attending.