Alzheimer's Café

The Alzheimer's Café opened on Wednesday 20th May 2015, by the Worshipful the Mayor of Wokingham Borough, Cllr UllaKarin Clark.  It is aimed at providing a place for those living with this condition and their carers to get together for a time of fellowship: tea, chat, friendship, singing, music, stories, gentle sports and sharing.  Activities have included:

  • A monthly speaker
  • Question time
  • Social and sharing time
  • Books, fact sheets and resources
  • Make-up sessions by Boots the Chemist
  • Free refreshments
  • Resource boxes from Wokingham Library
  • Music time

The Café meets on Wednesdays fortnightly, from 2.00 to 4.00pm in the Bradbury Centre Café Mosaic.  There is also a Carers' Group that meets on Tuesdays monthly (term-time only), from 1.00 to 2.30pm upstairs in the Bradbury Centre (optional lunch at 12.00).  Contact: Claire Knight, Church & Community Team Leader.

It is with regret that we have decided to cancel both our Alzheimer’s Café and Carers group for the foreseeable future.  It is vital that we put the well-being of all of our members and volunteers first.  Thanks.  We are however having a fortnightly 'Zoom' meeting (13, 27 May, 10, 24 June 2pm) - ask Claire for details.

Annual Report (February 2020)

Alzheimer’s Cafe

The Alzheimer’s Café is still a much needed outreach activity.  We consistently see between 30 and 40 people including those living with dementia, and their carers whether paid or family members.

The group continues to run fortnightly on a Wednesday from 2-4pm.  We have shown some films, played musical bingo and had a sing along. 

We enjoyed a lovely Christmas Party which we shared with the Carers Hub with singing and entertainment provided by ‘The Tuesday Girls’, catering by ‘The Food Fairy’ and handmade fudge by ‘Victoria’s Sponge and More’ distributed by Santa himself!  All assisted by our ‘elves’ from Rose Buddies.

We have a few members who have gone into care or sadly passed away so the dynamics of the group have changed.

The LINK Visiting scheme  are now holding their ‘Next Steps’ sessions on a Wednesday followed by lunch and this has led to few new people staying for the café.  This is a great partnership.  They are also bringing some of their clients to Little Fishes once a month as part of their ‘Friends for Ages’ scheme bringing old and young together.

Alzheimer’s Carers’ Group

The Alzheimer’s Carers Group has been meeting fortnightly but it was proving to be a big commitment for those attending.  We decided to meet monthly from January.  We still offer lunch at 12pm followed by either a group discussion, exercise run by places leisure or cooking. 

Claire Knight
Church & Community Outreach Team Leader