Welcome to DMCC
DMCC is a membership organisation that has been set up by mostly independent Memory Cafés to represent the best interests of Memory Cafes in Devon with one informed voice. The aim of the Devon Memory Café Consortium (DMCC) is to support people living with Dementia and their carers through the Memory Café movement – making sure that they have access to peer support, information and advice and meaningful activities.
Our small committee who have been charged with running the Consortium and are all involved in local Memory Cafés across the county. We hold an annual convention to keep all our members up-to-date with current developments. Membership of the Devon Memory Café Consortium is open to all Memory Cafés across the county.
On this website you can first find out more about the 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 Café.
What is a Memory Cafe?...
A Memory Cafe offers 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 Café 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 everyday reality of dementia is invaluable.
Trained volunteers can give you information as well as practical tips about coping with dementia and memory problems. Many people make friendships as a result and are able to support each other outside the Memory Café setting. The informal settings provide emotional support and helps reduce the isolation often felt by people with dementia, their carers and families.
Some Memory Cafés provide strong levels of stimulation for people and an opportunity for carers to exchange experiences and information. It has been found, in nearly every case, that a social element overtakes the original mission statement. Peer support and social contact, without stigma, rapidly becomes the main focal point of the service.
A vital role...
A Memory Café provides a useful addition to the process of an early diagnosis to those who may not wish to go directly to their doctor by bringing together groups of people in common cause, Memory Cafés provide a very important addition to support services, and enable a single point of contact where information and education can be distributed directly to the point where it is of most use.
The National Dementia Strategy, launched by the government in February 2009, places great importance on places of contact where ‘Peer Support’ may be found and where education and information can be distributed.
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