Dementia café with a difference to open in Sheffield

A new dementia café is set to open a week today in Sheffield.

The Porter Valley dementia café will have their first meeting on Thursday 6th December at Bents Green Methodist Church in southwest Sheffield.

Similar cafes already exist in the city, aiming to combat social isolation.

They rely on charities such as the Alzheimer’s Society for funding, making their sustainability a challenge.

However, five GP practices across Porter Valley are providing 18 months of funding for the new café.

The café requires volunteers to run the meetings, which will take place on the first and third Thursday of each month.

It is estimated that there are 300 diagnosed dementia sufferers in the area, and 7000 more city-wide.

Kath Horner, the Chair of Sheffield Dementia Action Alliance, is opening the café as part of efforts to make Sheffield a dementia friendly city.

She said: “It’s been a lot easier than I thought, I’ve got eight volunteers on the list and another two in case I need more.

“The GP practices have written to everyone on the register.”