A new club has been launched in a Fleetwood cafe for people with dementia and their carers.
The Dementia Cafe Club sessions are being held at Cafe 3 one 6 on Lord Street, which is run by the town’s Emmanuel Church.
Behind the move are members of Fleetwood Rotary’s community and vocational arm, Maurice Dowsing and Sue Hawley.
Meetings allow people who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease, or their carers, to go along for an informal chat and get together with others in a similar situation.
The sessions take place in the cafe, next to Fleetwood Post Office, every second and fourth Tuesday each month, between 1pm and 3pm.
Maurice said: “This is open to all Fleetwood, Fylde and Blackpool residents and we set it up because we felt there was a definite need for it in the town.
“The aim is to help those who may think that no one understands their issues and to show them that they are not alone. They can come and meet people who do understand and are in similar circumstances. Information will also be available on the various agencies which can help. A warm welcome is definitely assured.”
Cafe manager Trudie Swift, who attends Emmanuel Church along with Maurice, said: “We’re delighted to have something this at our cafe.”
The club is the first one of its kind to be set up in Fleetwood, the nearest one meeting up at the Cleveleys Park Methodist Church Hall, on West Drive, Cleveleys.
The Rotarians have been helped by staff from the Lancashire Care Foundation Trust, based at the town’s health centre on Dock Street, who have provided leaflets listing all the available agencies that can help.
The cafe club is meeting on Tuesday September 11. Contact Maurice on 07920 422 324 for further details.