WiSE seeks volunteers to launch new memory café for Wetherby

Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) is appealing for kind-hearted residents with time on their hands to help it launch a brand new memory café.

WiSE wants volunteers willing to spare six hours a month to help those living with dementia when its twice-a-month meet-up gets under way in the New Year.

The café aims to create a friendly, safe and supportive space for people living with dementia and their carers.

WiSE dementia coordinator Emma will oversee the running of the café. She said: “Re-establishing dementia support from WiSE in Wetherby is such an important step for us as a charity and we’d love for more volunteers to come forward to help us on this journey.

“We’re looking for people who are friendly, caring and enjoy being around people. You might have had experience of supporting someone with dementia in the past, but this is by no means essential as training will be provided.

“Most importantly of all you will be willing to throw yourselves into activities including everything from art sessions to singing in a group.”

The new memory café will meet twice a month on Wednesdays, 1.30pm to 3.30pm at The Church Rooms, Church Centre St James in Wetherby.

It will support those living with dementia and their carers by providing an appropriate setting to focus on clients’ wellbeing, with sessions facilitated by a trained staff member, alongside WiSE’s volunteers. Support and advice will also be offered to family carers to assist them in their day-to-day continuing and challenging caring role.

The cafe is open for referrals only – both agency and personal. Please phone WiSE before attending on 01937 588994. 

Funding for the café has come from multiple sources, including the National Lottery Awards For All and McCarthy Stone Foundation.

For an informal discussion about volunteering for the café, contact Emma on emma@w-ise.org.uk

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