NEW LGBT+ Forget-me-not Café launching November 2019

Fifth Forget-me-Not Café to be launched with a focus on LGBT+ community in West Kent

A new monthly LGBT+ Forget-me-not Café is being launched this month, Friday 22nd November in Tunbridge Wells, providing support to those with memory or cognitive issues, their family and carers.

Following on from the success of the first four Forget-me-not Cafés in West Kent (Edenbridge, Westerham, Sevenoaks and Hildenborough), a new café is being launched by Symone Salwan - Managing Director at Home Instead Senior Care Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks and Edenbridge - to provide support and companionship to older members of the LGBT+ community in and around the area.

Older members of the LGBT+ community would have grown up in an age where it would have been difficult or impossible to be open about who they were, often creating feelings of isolation for these individuals.  It is important for members of this community, especially those who are living with dementia, to feel safe as their condition can take their memories back to less tolerant times from when being homosexual was illegal.  This new café will provide a safe and comfortable environment for those from our LGBT+ community who would like to join in with the regular activities and enjoy the companionship of others.

Staff at the Home Instead office, where the new café will be held and who will be supporting the initiative, have recently undergone training with charity ‘Opening Doors London’ to increase confidence in supporting older LGBT+ people and to be able to discuss when relevant important relationships as well as becoming more familiar with the terminologies used when discussing LGBT+ subjects.

Symone said, “We look forward to welcoming members of our LGBT+ community to this new café and understand particular sensitivities and wishes they have so we can help them feel able to discuss this topic and share their later life goals with us in an open and trusting environment.”

If you would be interested in coming along to the launch event on Friday 22nd November 2019, please RSVP to Sue Solomon on 07384 254802 or send an email to admintw@homeinstead.co.uk.

The new café has been supported with seed funding from Kent County Council Dementia Friendly Communities project which encourages the development of dementia friendly services and societies across Kent and will be held at the Home Instead office in Tunbridge Wells: The Milking Shed, 1 Long Barn, Mouseden Farm, Halls Hole Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4RF.

If you would like to learn more about the Forget-me-not Cafés in Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, Edenbridge and Westerham visit www.forgetmenotcafe.org.uk.

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