History is in the making at new café…

A NEW group for people who have dementia –  and their carers – will be launched in Woking by the Alzheimer’s Society.

The History Café will provide an opportunity for residents with dementia and carers to socialise and get much needed face-to-face support.

In partnership with Surrey History Centre and Woking Borough Council, the café will offer them the chance to view mystery items from the centre’s collection and to reminisce about the past in an informal atmosphere. Each free session will be structured around a different theme, such as fashion, transport and sport.

The History Café will run on the second Wednesday of every month in May, June, July and August from 2pm to 3.15pm at Moorcroft Community Centre, Westfield (GU22 9PB).

There will be an additional session on Wednesday 18 May from 2pm to 3.15pm at the Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road (GU21 6ND). Free parking and refreshments are available Jacqui Parfitt, Operations Manager for Alzheimer’s Society in Surrey, said: “Our new service will use reminiscence, which is a powerful way of communicating with a person who has dementia.

“It can be the basis for enjoyable time spent together and a way for the person with dementia to feel empowered.

“This can contribute positively to their wellbeing. There are 1,239 people living with dementia in Woking and, with the right support, people can live well with the condition for a number of years.”

For more information and to book a place at one of The History Café sessions, contact Caroline Harding via email at
caroline.harding@alzheimers.org.uk, or call her on 07710380513 Monday to Wednesday between 9.30am and 3.30pm.

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