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Dementia cafe opens in Saltney

Published: 07/03/2017

The latest café to support people living with dementia and their carers has been officially opened in Saltney. The café has been made possible through the support and partnership working of NEWCIS, a non-profit organisation which supports carers in the community, Flintshire County Council, Cheshire West & Chester Council and the community and residents of Saltney. The café, which will be open once a month, every 2nd Tuesday, from 1-3pm was officially opened at the Douglas Place Community Centre on Woodall Avenue by The Dementia Friendly Saltney Steering Group. This venture has been created to remove the boundary line between Flintshire and Cheshire West and Chester, so people living with Dementia and their carers can jointly access support and advice. Flintshire County Councils Cabinet Member for Social Services, Councillor Christine Jones, said: This is the seventh dementia café we have opened in Flintshire. I’m proud of the dedication of Flintshire County Council staff and their partner organisations who continue to work hard to ensure that we continue to raise awareness and support people with dementia and their carers. To date, our cafés have been a huge success and I am sure that this one in Saltney will be no different.” Cheshire West and Chester Councillor Cabinet member for Communities and Wellbeing, Councillor Louise Gittins, said: “We are proud of the great work taking place across the borough and beyond to inspire and enable dementia friendly and inclusive communities, and by the commitment and enthusiasm of everyone involved, including councils and partners, local organisations, groups and communities. “Working together with Flintshire Council we will continue to raise awareness of dementia and help support the Saltney community to become more dementia friendly to enable people living with dementia, their families and carers to feel supported, less isolated and more involved in their local community.” Councillor Veronica Gay, Chair of Dementia Friendly Saltney, said: “I have wanted to help develop dementia café in Saltney. Many of the residents in my ward who live with and support people who have been diagnosed with early onset dementia approached me, as there was nowhere locally and they needed to travel around Flintshire to get support. “I’d like to thank Ray Peters and his team of volunteers for hosting the memory café at Douglas Place. I am delighted that this has now happened and very proud that it is also being supported by Cheshire West and Chester, especially as Saltney is so interlinked with and relies on services in Chester. This fantastic community team effort has resulted in a great resource for people living with dementia and their carers.” Dementia Cafés provide a safe, comfortable and supportive environment for people with dementia and their carers to socialise. As well offering a range of fun and engaging activities, Dementia Cafés give both carers and people with dementia a chance to get information and advice and talk to others with similar problems. For further information on the cafe please contact Luke Pickering-Jones on 01352 702655. Councillors and officers from Flintshire County Council, Cheshire West and Cheshire and the Alzheimers Society enjoying the opening of the memory cafe with volunteers and visitors