Beckenham Ecumenical Dementia Support's (BEDS) Dementia Café and Drop-in Centre

The Beckenham Ecumenical Dementia Support (BEDS) runs, in conjunction with Age UK, a Dementia Café and Drop-in Centre. The café provides a relaxed and informal meeting place for people with dementia along with their families, friends, carers and health and social care professionals and is open every Thursday between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at St Edmund’s Church in Beckenham. It offers:

  • Support through very difficult times
  • An exchange of experiences and information
  • Access to a wide range of information and services
  • Talks on a wide range of dementia topics
  • Music and other social activities to do together
  • Refreshments served in a pleasant setting

Karina Brown, Director of Home Instead Senior Care Bromley, Chislehurst and Orpington, who is a regular volunteer at the café, said:

“The Dementia Café is very open and friendly and is very well attended. It is wonderful to see how the café has developed and to see the benefit to all those who attend”.

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