The Mayor of Tenterden, Cllr Justin Nelson, hosted an evening reception at Tenterden Town Hall on Wednesday 8 November to celebrate the work of the volunteers at the Just the Ticket memory café.
The memory café is held every Friday morning at Tenterden Railway station. It offers the chance for people in the Tenterden community to share their experiences of living with dementia in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Debbie Clayden, a member of the Tenterden Dementia Friendly Community steering group, said: “We get such great support from our volunteers at the café, from greeting visitors and making them feel welcome, to baking cakes and keeping the supplies of tea and coffee flowing. Many of them have personal experience of dementia so have a particular empathy with our visitors.”
The evening reception also marked the launch of the new website for the Tenterden Dementia Friendly Community. Developed by local web site designer Tim Green, the website has been specially designed to enable people with dementia and their carers to find information quickly and easily.
Commenting on the new website, Debbie Clayden said: “When someone is first diagnosed with dementia they often feel they don’t know who to turn to. There is help and support out there but it is provided by so many different organisations it is sometimes hard to find. Our new website has been designed as a central information point where people can find out about the help on offer locally.”