New Sheffield dementia cafe offers support in the city

Sheffield Mind has launched a new weekly ‘dementia tea room’ event, for those living with, or caring for those with, the disease.

Wednesday, 26th June 2019, 11:48 am
Updated Thursday, 18th July 2019, 15:02 pm
Sheffield Mind are opening a weekly dementia Tea Room to help people living with mild to moderate dementia.

The mental health charity launched the session this month, designed for people living with mild to moderate dementia in the city, at its Wellbeing Centre on Sharrow Lane. The sessions will run each Monday afternoon, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

The tea room event will be facilitated by trained staff and volunteers and will include reminiscence activities and events designed to stimulate memory, encourage social interaction. and reduce loneliness and isolation.

Carers and family members will also be welcome at the two-hour gatherings, and will be encouraged to take part in everything the sessions have to offer.

Project manager Steph Brown said: “This service has so much value and potential as there are limited services available for people living with dementia in this area of Sheffield.

“We aim to concentrate on the positive aspects of the person, using creative approaches to help individuals reconnect with self and others.

“We intend for the tea room to provide an inclusive and welcoming environment where people can express themselves, come to terms with their diagnosis and interact with others.

“I think this is a great opportunity to bring our community together, challenge stigma around dementia and create a dementia friendly younger generation in Sheffield.

“We are looking for younger volunteers to support the project who we will nurture and train, in the hope to provide an inter-generational hub of support, inclusion and hope.

“I am looking forward to connecting with service users so I can plan and tailor activities around their lives, experiences and preferences. We want to give people with dementia a voice and provide opportunities for them to share, connect and reflect.”

Sheffield Mind was founded in 1978, and has 40 years experience of providing mental health services to people in Sheffield.

A spokesman for the charity explained: “Our vision is that we won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect. We would like to see parity for care for people with mental and physical illness and to de-stigmatise mental health conditions so people are not discriminated against.

“Our mission is to intervene early to improve wellbeing and provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We work locally with our partners to improve services and increase awareness and accessibility.

“We are a creative and forward thinking organisation and we have been working hard to reach people in communities which have traditionally failed to engage with services but in which there are higher than average incidences of mental ill health. We have built new and exciting partnerships so we can promote greater awareness and understanding of mental health to different sectors and we look forward to developing these relationships and to working in shared projects and initiatives.”

Steph added: “At our new dementia tea room events, we will have tea, coffee, and cake, and will often have entertainment.

“People are welcome to come and share with the group, and enjoy the conversations, or simply sit back and enjoy the music and refreshments. We are committed to ensuring that all service users are treated with respect, understanding and patience.”

For more details, email info@sheffieldmind.co.uk, or call 0114 2584489.

Visit sheffieldmind.co.uk for details of the charity.