Early success for Spalding’s Exercise and Dementia Cafe

Armchair fitness with Zoe Myall
Armchair fitness with Zoe Myall
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Spalding’s Exercise and Dementia Café has now been running for over eight weeks, and has seen a better than expected level of interest from the local community.

Alternate weekly exercise sessions of between 20 and 40 minutes have been led by Zoe Myall (armchair exercise) and Melanie Lowerson (Tai Chi) and are rewarded with refreshments and further activities to help build connections, share ideas and promote the community spirit for those with dementia, and their carers.

Held at SHAW’s community hub at 6 Broadgate House, Westlode Street, Spalding, the Exercise Dementia Café runs every Wednesday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

The project has been funded through the Dementia Support Network for a minimum of one year, and it is anticipated that demand and interest will allow the Café to run beyond that.

Other service providers have been invited in to talk about how they can help people with dementia, their carers and families. These include visits from Fiona Loft, South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, and representatives from the Lincolnshire Fire Safety Team.

Further activities are planned up to the end of the year and include:

November 4: fish and chip lunch (1pm to 3pm); November 18: Citizen’s Advice Bureau’s new Dementia Support Service: December 2: Christmas decoration making with Doodles; December 9 Christmas carol concert performed by students from St Norbert’s Primary School; December 16: Christmas Party.

Anyone is welcome to attend – people with dementia are invited to bring their carer and family, so that everyone can enjoy what SHAW has to offer.

SHAW ask for a £2 per person donation to help towards keeping the Café running when the funding runs out.

Anyone requiring further information should visit www.shawcic.com or call 01775 725059, or pop in and see Anne or Sam in the SHAW/Tonic Health reception.