Plymouth Moor View MP, Johnny Mercer, has today offered his congratulations to the Dementia Friendly Team in Plymouth for winning Dementia Friendly Community (City) of the Year at the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friendly Awards ceremony held in London today.
Dementia Friendly Plymouth is a collaborative partnership between Plymouth City Council and Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance, made up of over 40 local organisations who are committed to transforming the life and experiences of those living with Dementia in Plymouth.
Initiatives such as Dementia Friendly Parking Spaces, Tea Dance with a Twist facilitated by Plymouth Dance, the introduction of some Dementia Friendly public toilets and work supporting GP surgeries to become Dementia Friendly show how much work is being done across the city.
One of the groups helping to make Plymouth a Dementia Friendly City is local social enterprise, Memory Matters. Running three Activity Clubs and facilitating Activity Workers who can work with those with Dementia in their home, they provide a fantastic local service both here in Plymouth and in Cornwall.
Their latest initiative is to open Moments Café and Dementia Hub in Plymouth City Centre. They have secured initial finding and taken out a lease on a venue (69a New George Street, next door to Plymouth City Council’s One Stop Shop) and building work will start soon to enable the café to open at the start of March 2017. The aim of the project is to create a retro-themed café. Memory Matters South West CIC are running a Crowdfunding Campaign to get the final funding in place to fit out the café. If you’re interested in supporting this, you can do so here: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/moments-cafe-dementia-hub?tk=08ee49c910fc422b8d83dc04020852f8a70e7e22
Speaking about Dementia Friendly Plymouth, Johnny Mercer MP said:
“I offer my sincere congratulations to all those involved in Plymouth winning the award for Dementia Friendly City 2016, those who work so hard behind the scenes to set up and run the many great initiatives in the city. This award is thoroughly deserved. I am very proud of the pioneering work Plymouth is doing to make life better for those with Dementia and their families.
“In light of this award, please consider supporting Moments Café, the new initiative to create a Dementia Hub in the City Centre. This important service will enable those with Dementia and their families and carers to easily find out about the support on offer in Plymouth. It will also provide a fantastic retro café designed to stimulate the memories of those with Dementia.”