The Memory Lane Café provides a happy place for people to meet, share memories, reflect on bygone days, use music to bring back memories and provide a place for carers to bring those with memory loss.

Location
Cranbrook
Funder
Comic Relief Local Communities
Amount Awarded
£2,400
Date Awarded
January 2018
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About The Memory Lane Café 

Based in Cranbrook, the community group made up of local residents, business representatives and volunteers with the objective to setting up regular Memory Lane Café sessions, therefore giving local residents living with dementia an opportunity to meet on a regular basis and therefore improve their quality of life.

The Memory Lane Café provides a place where any member of the public, who feels that they, or a person they know, may have a short term memory problem, can drop in and be part of a social group made of peers and helpful volunteers. Peer support and social contact, without stigma, is the main focal point of this service.

The café provides a happy place for people to meet, share memories, reflect on bygone days, use music to bring back memories and provide a place for carers to bring those with memory loss.

Beneficiary story

Lillian was lonely, isolated and living with dementia - with no visitors from friends/family, she was very shy and not keen to be involved or come out of her accommodation.

After Lilian was encouraged to join her first session, she attended nearly all sessions as well as her day trip to Little Scotney Farm which reminded her of when she used to live on a farm as a child.

It's great having a foundation that empowers organisations and charities in our community to make real positive differences and changes!

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