Downham Market dementia cafe appeals for volunteers

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Volunteers are needed to help support a new initiative which is aimed to help people suffering with dementia and their carers.

A dementia cafe will be launching in Downham during the autumn.

The Downham Community Dementia Project is made up of members from the town’s branch of the University of the 3rd Age along with Norfolk UK.

Members of the steering group are now appealing for volunteers to run a dementia cafe and resource centre, and are particularly seeking an experienced person to set-up and manage the project and grow it in future.

There are 750,000 people in the UK with dementia.

Estimates suggest there were 12,194 people living in Norfolk with the condition in 2010 but this is expected to rise to 17,000 by 2021.

The dementia cafe, which is hoped to launch on September 22, is aimed to provide rest and refreshment along with information and activities for suffers and their carers.

Committee spokesman Richard Ehlers is urging people to come forward.

He said: “This is an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in making a difference in their community to be in at the beginning of this worthwhile project which will improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers.”

Anyone who is interested should contact 01366388830 or 01366384673 by Friday, July 10.