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Southern Brooks Community Partnerships

Memory Cafes in South Gloucestershire

Retreat COVID-19 Reponse

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

We have taken the decision to close The Retreat Memory Cafe until further notice. The health and safety of our members and volunteers is paramount to us.

During this difficult time, Southern Brooks are redirecting services to helping our communities in other ways than usual. Check our home page for further information.

If you are worried about being isolated, concerned about feeding yourself or your family, or you are worried about anyone else, please get in touch by email at: dementia@southernbrooks.org.uk. We will be monitoring this email account daily during normal working hours (9am-5pm).

The Retreat Memory Café in Soundwell

When: The second and fourth Monday of every month.

Where: St Stephens Church, 34 Church Road, Bristol BS16 4RH

The Retreat Memory Café is open to anyone with dementia, and their carers. There are fun activities, crafts, singing and invited speakers. It's a great opportunity to meet, socialise and relax in a caring environment.

Free tea, coffee and homemade cakes.

We Need Volunteers!

We have a great team of volunteers that run the cafe, but more helping hands are always welcome! If you would like to help out too, please get in touch.

Full training will be provided.

Current volunteering roles:

For more information on volunteer roles, please email dementia@southernbrooks.org.uk or call us on 01454 868570

Alternatively, download the Volunteer Application Form

Where to find us

Patchway Memory Café

Southern Brooks helped set up the café which is now part of "Precious time Consortium" , which is a collective of groups and activities for older people in Patchway.

Come along to the Memory Café to meet others, share experiences, hear from experts and join in on trips and activities. It is free and everybody is welcome.

When: First and third Monday of the month - 10.30am to 12.30pm

Where: At the Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway BS34 5DQ.

Contact: Carol Eddon on 0117 979 3732 or email: carol.eddon@btinternet.com

Where to find us

Lasting Memories Film

In 2014, our local secondary school, Patchway Community School, took part in a project named "Lasting Memories", in conjunction with Patchway Memory Cafe.

Six students were chosen to meet people living with dementia at Patchway Memory Cafe, and to make an educational film about dementia. Their meetings centered around the young people asking the people with dementia about their early lives, doing some research about the things they learnt, and presenting it back to them.

The film follows the learning of the young people, and the positive interactions there are between the young people and the people living with dementia.

The Memory Cafe users all said they really enjoyed spending time with the young people, and the students equally enjoyed their time with the Cafe members, and learnt a great deal about dementia.