Dementia Friendly Groups in and around Bromley

Visit a dementia friendly group in Bromley, make friends, get advice from peers and combat loneliness.

Dementia Friendly Groups in and around Bromley

The number of people living with dementia in Bromley has increased significantly over the last decade or so – and it is expected to continue to increase during the next decade and beyond. It is estimated that there are over 4,500 people living with the condition in Bromley. Therefore, accessible resources for those living with Dementia and their loved ones is in high demand. Here are some local Dementia friendly cafes that you and can visit with a loved one living with dementia.

Forget me not Friendship Cafe- Orpington Village Hall

Orpington Village Hall is dedicated to providing a facility that is inclusive and accessible to all, as well as working on projects to benefit support those living with Dementia and their families.

The monthly cafe always includes a craft-based activity, quizzes, and activities on the tables for our guests to enjoy together or independently, and some singing or music when possible. There is also an opportunity to get active with some chair-based exercises for all to enjoy a little movement and dance.

They love welcoming new visitors, and the cafes are free of charge and take place on the 4th Tuesday of each month. If you’d like to learn more about the Forget me not cafe, please email [email protected] for further details.

Memory Lane Cafe- Community House Bromley

Bromley Dementia Support Hub hosts a regular Memory Lane Café which provides a relaxed, informal setting for people with dementia and their family, friends, and carers.

The café is a chance to make friends with other local people living with dementia, share and talk about interests and life experiences. The cafe runs many activities for carers and for people living with dementia.

The café is open to anyone with a dementia diagnosis and their family support/carer living in the borough of Bromley. It is free to attend but donations are welcome.

If you are interested in attending the café, please contact [email protected] or on 020 3328 0366.

Memory Box Café- West Wickham

The Memory Box café takes place on the third Friday of every month between 2pm and 3.30pm in the Hewitt Room of Emmanuel Church at The Grove, West Wickham.

It is manned by volunteers from Ravenswood WI, as well as members of the local community, and is funded by donations from local business, volunteers, and regular fundraising.

“Many of us have been touched in one way or another by dementia and are aware of how hard life can be for those who have memory difficulties and for their informal carers,” explained Lyn Eustace, from the group “We provide a welcoming meeting place for people with memory loss with their spouse, partner, friend or carer and offer opportunities to aid memory through games, singing and activities with the aim to help reduce the feelings of isolation experienced by people with memory loss and dementia.”

The cafe is free to attend, but please Email [email protected] or call 020 3759 9024 and let them know if you are planning on popping in.

Orpington Wellbeing Café

The Orpington Wellbeing Café aims to connect Orpington residents to each other and to the local health services by sharing more about what their services do to support the community. It’s run by the Orpington Primary Care Network (PCN) with the support of Bromley Healthcare. whilst the café is open to all, it has predominantly appealed to vulnerable and older residents. People have said that they are enjoying getting out the house and having somewhere safe to come, that they have enjoyed the informative sessions and they like the health input and medical interventions.

The cafe runs every other Thursday from 11am-1pm at the Orpington Methodist Church just across the road from Orpington High Street. There are refreshments and games and an informal health talk – usually with a Q&A after!

Our very own Gill Pratt runs a free of charge Love to Move session once a month at the cafe, whilst there is no need to book to attend the café, you will need to book your place at Love to Move by emailing [email protected]

Forget-me-not Cafe- St Augustine’s Church, Chislehurst

The Forget-me-not Cafe is a memory cafe for anyone with dementia, their families, carers and friends, run by members of the Bromley Common group of churches. They meet on the third Tuesday of every month at 1.30 pm. The café is for anyone who is needs support because of personal experience or concern about friends or family with dementia and especially for those suffering from dementia and their carers, all are welcome. The cafe has a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

If you would like to attend the cafe, please contact Diana Pattison on 020 8462 1151. Meetings take place every third Tuesday in the month from 1.30pm-3.30pm in the Garden Room of St Augustine’s Church, Southborough Lane, BR2 8AT

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