New dementia cafe in Spalding will offer exercise and therapies

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A new dementia and exercise cafe has been set up in Spalding and will open its doors next month.

Spalding Health and Wellbeing (SHAW) Community Interest Company has received funding for the cafe from the Lincolnshire Dementia Support Network.

It will run every Wednesday from August 12, 1.30pm- 3.30pm, at Tonic Health in Westlode Street, Spalding.

The Dementia Support Network has been established by Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to help people with dementia, and people who care for them, to participate in a wide range of activities that will help them to maintain as good a quality of life as possible.

SHAW’s proposal was the only one offered funding in the south Lincolnshire region, and is one of 12 initiatives across the county.

The cafe will offer a range of exercise and movement therapies for people with dementia, including yoga, tai chi and seated exercise, with the aim of getting people moving more, to help improve balance and co-ordination, whilst getting the feelgood factor gentle exercise can provide.

At the same time as the movement activities are taking place, carers will have access to services including relaxation therapies, meditation, and movement classes, allowing them the opportunity to relax and unwind.

Both groups will then reconvene for refreshments. A variety of services will be invited in to talk about different areas of life which may affect people with dementia, their carers and families, including safety in the home, money management, help and support available.

Services for people with dementia are popular in Bourne and Market Deeping through Dementia Support South Lincs, but nothing had previously been established in Spalding.

Tonic Health’s ground floor, step-free and disabled-friendly facilities make it an ideal location, and the venue will be able to host up to 50 people.

The funding means the cafe will be able to run for a year, without financial worry, and it is hoped it can eventually be self-sustaining.

SHAW is asking for a donation of £2 per person per week to help support the project in the long-term.

For further information and to register your place, call 01775 725059.