Memory cafe success

THE FIRST session of the Whitby Memory Cafe, organised by Alzheimer’s Society Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale, took place on Tuesday 16 August.

The cafe, located at the Green Lane Centre, is open to people with dementia, their carers and families, and anyone concerned with memory problems or interested in the work of the society.

Information worker Helen Williams, who attended the cafe, said: “We are delighted to offer this new cafe to people in the Whitby area and we enjoyed meeting several new faces at the first session.

“We are now busy planning our next session, which will take place on Tuesday 20 September when we will be chatting about people’s musical memories and perhaps having some live music.

“We would love to hear from anyone who is interested in coming to sing or play for us.”

The purpose of the cafe is to provide information and support over a cup of tea or coffee, as well as an opportunity to meet other people and to enjoy activities such as music, reminiscence and quizzes.

A dementia support worker from the society attends, along with other society staff and volunteers.

The society is also looking for volunteers to help with the cafe, which meets once a month.

To find out more about the memory cafe or about other local services provided by the Alzheimer’s Society, contact the local office on (01723) 500958 or email