Dementia Cafe in Leamington provides support to patients and carers

Hilary White with volunteers at the Brunswick Hub Dementia Cafe.
Hilary White with volunteers at the Brunswick Hub Dementia Cafe.

The legacy of a Lillington woman who battled with dementia at a young age is living on through a new support cafe in south Leamington.

The Brunswick Hub Dementia Cafe was set up in partnership with the Pam Britton Trust for Dementia, founded by Tony Britton, husband to the late Pam, who lived in Lillington. She died in 2013 at the age of 64, having lived with early onset dementia since she was in her 50s.

Open at the Brunswick Hub in Shrubland Street the first and third Wednesday of the month between 11am and 1pm, the service is run by trained volunteers who provide support, refreshments and activities free of charge for people with dementia and their family and friends.

Recent events have included a visit from Pets as Therapy volunteers with their dogs and music from local acoustic group, The Front Room Attic Band.

Forthcoming events include a talk by the Leamington History Group, craft activities and more live music.

Brunswick Hub project officer Hilary White said: “We have also linked in with Guideposts Carers’ Support Service and can provide information and guidance regarding many concerns and questions.

“At Brunswick Hub, we are working towards become a Dementia Friendly centre and we aim to care for carers as well as people who are living with dementia - our range of services is open to all.”

She added: “We understand that it can be hard to take that first step and try something new, so if you are interested in any of our services, please do get in touch. We will invite you for a cuppa with one of our staff members or volunteers so that you can find out more without the pressure of joining a group straight away.”

Mr Britton set up the Pam Britton Trust in 2014 in partnership with Age UK Warwickshire to provide an advocacy service for people who have been recently diagnosed with dementia and their carers. To find out more about the trust, visit www.pbrittontrustfordementia.org.uk

The Brunswick Hub is operated by the Brunswick Healthy Living Centre charity. To find out more about the Dementia Cafe and other services at the hub, call 01926 422123 or visit bhlc.services