Creating Christmas memories at the Memory Cafe

Lucy Gill, owner of the Altrincham based at home care company, Home Instead Senior Care, hosted a Christmas bonanza this month (Wednesday 10th November) at ‘The Memory Cafe’ held at St Mary Magdelene Church, Ashton-Upon-Mersey.
The Memory Cafe is a monthly event run by church volunteer, Zoe Power.  It allows members of the community, who suffer with memory loss, to meet other people in similar situations.  The first Memory Cafe took place in April 2010 and now has approximately 40 attendees, including carers and relatives, who come together to enjoy free tea, coffee and homemade cakes.

With Christmas fast approaching, Lucy Gill decided it would be great fun to run a Christmas decoration workshop at the Memory Cafe.  Everybody learnt how to make paper chains symbolising carers and loved ones holding hands.  They will be used to decorate the Home Instead Christmas tree that will be on display at the St Alban's Church, Christmas tree festival, Broadheath on Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th December from 1pm - 6pm.
Commenting, Lucy said “I really enjoyed bringing a different activity to the group around the festive season. Everyone was very proud of the final result and we are all looking forward to seeing them displayed at the Christmas tree festival.”

Support for Alzheimer’s is increasing in the area as The Trafford Alzheimer’s Society recently received funding for three permanent employees.
For more information on Home Instead Senior Care in Altrincham & Sale call 0161 870 1136 or visit and to contact The Alzheimer’s Society call Maria O'Brien call 0161 203 6434 or email

Top Photo Caption: Left to right, back row Lucy Gill, Maria O'Brien (Trafford Alzheimer's) Zoe Power (St Mary's).
 Bottom Photo Caption: Left to right, Altrincham office owners Alan Savage and Lucy Gill.

A group of Home Instead CAREGivers talking
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home