Devon Memory Cafe Consortium (DMCC) has been set up in order to represent the best interests of Memory Cafes in Devon, whilst ensuring that each individual Memory Cafe retains its total independence.

Set up by Memory Cafes in Devon for Memory Cafes

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At its heart, the aim of DMCC is to support people living with dementia and their carers through the Memory Cafe movement – making sure that they have access to peer support, information and advice and meaningful activities. DMCC has been set up by Memory Cafes in Devon for Memory Cafes in Devon and our small committee – who have been charged with running the consortium – are all involved with local Memory Cafes across the county.

Activities

DMCC intends to be wholly responsive to the needs of its members, but activities will be focused around:

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Brokering training opportunities

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Signposting to sources of funding

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Developing and providing access to a Quality Assurance programme

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Sharing ideas, activities and best practice among members to ensure that Memory Cafes continue to provide invaluable support to people living with dementia and their carers

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Providing a way and means for Memory Cafes to speak with ‘one voice’, thereby raising greater awareness of the unique support they provide as part of the dementia pathway and facilitating stronger working links with statutory services.

'Carers' Pathways', a "not for profit" organisation Supporting Carers in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Memory, Dementia & Alzheimer's Cafes. It was set up to help and inform, not only those who were diagnosed with an illness that might lead to dementia, but also their carers. Co-Founders David Light and Jim Delves, in their roles as carers, found that information, guidance and help was available, but not easy to find. David and Jim decided to remedy this situation...

Melodies & Memories

On the website you will find an excellent cost effective ‘Sing-a-long’ package has been developed by former carers. It is designed so that Memory Cafés, Care Homes or anyone, volunteer, occupational therapist or care worker, may conduct an informal singing session at any time. The only equipment needed is a CD player that can select tracks. Favourite songs may be played, or perhaps repeated, on command.