Forget-me-not Cafe launching in Chipstead

The fifth Forget-me-not Café run in partnership with the Sevenoaks Area Dementia Friendly Community group will be launching on Wednesday 26th September at Rivermere Care Home in Chipstead to provide support and companionship to those recognising issues with their memory as well as their family and carers.

The new café will follow the same format as the other Forget-me-not Cafés running in Edenbridge, Hildenborough, Sevenoaks and Westerham and has come about following a demand for these services in the local area.

The cafés at each location run once a month on different regular days providing the opportunity for users to attend more than one each month if they so wish to enjoy the companionship, entertainment and activities that are provided such as music, arts and crafts and also hearing from carefully selected speakers covering relevant topics such as wellbeing, fire and safety, local services and more.

Everyone who attends will receive a warm welcome; nobody requires a diagnosis, nor are they required to declare they have memory or cognition issues – everybody is welcome.

These cafés have already played an important part of community understanding of those living with memory issues and dementia and help make activities more accessible to those living with these conditions.

The original Forget-Me-Not Cafés were founded by Symone Salwan of Home Instead Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks and Edenbridge as part of an innovation in dementia project funded by Kent County Council. The cafés are now supported by the Tonbridge and Sevenoaks Area Dementia Friendly Communities.  The new café at Riveremere will be supported by Avery Health Care, Home Instead, The Good Care Group and Sevenoaks Area DFC.

To find out more about these cafés, visit the website

Pictured: A creative session at the Westerham Forget-me-not Café

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