How much does it cost to set up a Memory Café?
They are remarkably inexpensive to set up and much depends on your building and how much it costs to heat. You’ll need to buy some refreshments – tea, coffee and biscuits. You’ll need to print some publicity material and there is the heating and lighting.
Is it as easy as you say?
It’s only as complicated as you’d like to make it. At its simplest all you need is space, some tables and chairs (round tables give café feel), refreshments and some quizzes. Then it’s a case of a big welcome and helping people to feel at home.
You can then build on this basic pattern depending on how your café develops – singing, exercise, craft.
Do you need any specialist knowledge to set up a Memory Café?
You don’t need to be an expert in dementia, you need a heart to welcome people. It is certainly worth lookin at the Alzhemier’s Society website for information and attending a training course like Dementia Friends. We recommend that at least one of your regular volunteers does some first aid training.
Do you needa rota for volunteers?
A rota can help but isn’t essential. You need mainly a group of regular volunteers who will be available every week.
Is a Memory Café only for people with dementia?
Not at all, Memory Café is for anyone. It attracts people who are lonely, or want to be part of a community and also people with dementia and their carers.
How often should we run our Memory Café?
We recommend that you try to run it once a week, at the same time and on the same day. That way people get into the routine of coming and don’t forget to come to Memory Café!
What about the catering?
We recommend keeping it very simple and to put your efforts into the welcome and atmosphere of your café. Hot food can burn. If you keep the catering simple it puts less pressure on your volunteers.
How do you keep ahead of safeguarding issues?
Make sure you take some advice if you have access to a safeguarding team. Ring your insurers to tell them what you are doing. Carry out a simple risk assessment and keep it up to date. Make sure there are no slip and trip hazards.