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Watford Council and Home Instead join forces to relaunch the ‘Memory Café and Carers Retreat’

Updated: Jun 9, 2023

As part of the Dementia Friendly Watford project, Watford Council and Home Instead, a leading provider of home care services, are delighted to announce the relaunch of the Memory Café and Carers Retreat at Cheslyn House and Gardens.

The first session will take place on Wednesday 21 June and subsequent sessions will be held on the last Wednesday of each month from 10:30am – 12:30pm.

The Memory Café and Carers Retreat is designed to create a welcoming and supportive environment for those living with dementia, their carers and companions. These drop-in sessions will provide a safe space where attendees can share their experiences, make new connections and enjoy a range of activities and refreshments throughout their visit.

There will be various activities tailored to the needs and interests of the attendees. They are designed to promote mental stimulation, physical connection and foster a sense of community, allowing everyone to live well with dementia.

In addition to the Memory Café, there will be a Carers Retreat to help carers connect with others facing the same challenges, gain valuable insights and access the resources they need.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said: “We are very excited to launch this new programme to not only support those living with dementia, but those who care for them. By allowing people to come together and share their experiences, it will help to create a sense of community and move us towards our goal to make Watford a dementia-friendly town.”

Councillor Jennifer Pattinson, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Wellbeing, said: “We are immensely proud to collaborate with Home Instead on this project, delivering the ‘Memory Café and Carers Retreat’ as an important part of Dementia Friendly Watford. Together we can create a space where those living with dementia can find support and their dedicated carers can connect with others. With Home Instead’s expertise, we can facilitate a community with empathy and uplift the lives of those living with dementia.”

Alexis Neighbour, Director at Home Instead Watford, said: “We understand the challenges faced by individuals living with dementia and their carers. We are thrilled to partner with the council to launch this much-need initiative. The Memory Café and Carers Retreat, will not only improve the wellbeing of people living with dementia but also create an opportunity for social interaction, engagement and support.”

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