Welcome to the website of Devon Memory Cafe Consortium (DMCC) – a membership organisation set up to represent the best interests of Memory Cafes in Devon with one informed voice. On this website, you can find out more about our aims and the benefits of joining us, as well as accessing a range of tailored practical support to help you with the day-to-day running of your Memory Cafe.
Moments to Remember
53 Memory Cafes across Devon have benefited from a generous grant from the Provincial Grand Chapter of the HRA of Devonshire, giving people with dementia and their carers ‘moments to remember’.
Memory Cafes offer practical and emotional support, information, guidance and, perhaps most importantly, the hand of friendship to people living with dementia and their carers in the local communities where they live. For many, a visit to their Memory Cafe is the only regular support they receive following a diagnosis. The social contact and peer support gained from spending time with others who have experience of the difficult every day reality of dementia, is invaluable.
Generous grant from Devon freemasons supports the work of Memory Cafe and reaches out to hundreds of people affected by dementia
The grant was received by Devon Memory Cafe Consortium, the voluntary organisation representing all Devon Memory Cafes, who distributed the funds to individual Memory Cafes enabling them to offer a unique experience to those who ‘live with dementia’ and those who care for them.
The ‘moments to remember’ included, a dementia-friendly film screening of West Side Story, a Tea Dance, a boat trip along the River Exe with a cream tea and a visit to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum to see the ‘Wild and Wondrous Region’ exhibition and to learn more about the history of Dartmoor.
Rachel Johnstone, trustee of Devon Memory Cafe Consortium, said, “We are very grateful to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Devonshire for their generous support. Their grant has given hundreds of people who benefit from attending their local memory cafe ‘moments to remember’, as well as the opportunity to engage in unique dementia-friendly activities throughout the county of Devon.”
Simon Rowe, the Grand Superintendent of the Provincial Grand Chapter of Devonshire said, “Memory Cafes, the majority of which are run solely by volunteers, make a personal difference to the lives of people affected by dementia - and this is a cause very close to the hearts of freemasons. We were delighted to be able to contribute in such a way to the work of Memory Cafes across Devon and are grateful to Devon Memory Cafe Consortium for distributing these funds in order to reach as many people affected by dementia as possible.”
Convention November 2018
A big thank you to everyone that supported our second convention held at Westbank, Exeter. The photos are also some of the Memory Cafes that received the DMCC Quality Assurance Awards from Heather Mills the Commissioning Development Officer, Adult Commissioning and Health at Devon County Council
What are the benefits?
There are many benefits to becoming a part of our consortium, including accessing training tailored to meet your needs, gaining advice on funding, getting hold of policies and guidance to ensure the quality of your Memory Cafe and picking up plenty of tried-and-tested ideas and activities. To become a member of Devon Memory Cafe Consortium, please download our Membership Form.
We have also set up our own Facebook page – a way to find out what other Memory Cafes across the county are providing and to tap into the latest news and opportunities to support people living with dementia and their carers.
To access our Facebook page, please click here.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you require any additional information.
Is your café Quality Assured?
This scheme is open to Memory Cafés who provide support, services, and activities to improve the health and wellbeing of people in our communities. It demonstrates how your memory cafes are delivered, and how the relevant policies and practices of your organisation ensure safe, caring, effective and responsive services. This helps health professionals and the public build confidence in, and awareness of, the range and quality of health and wellbeing activities and services available through Memory Cafés.