Memories are made of these
Shropshire Council’s Resilient Communities team, a widely-skilled group of individuals, have begun to provide a brand new service for carers within the Shropshire area.
“Memories are made of these” is a café set up by the team that provides early support for carers who are looking after relatives, friends or neighbours who are affected by Dementia or Alzheimer’s.
The meetings take place at Craven Arms Community Centre (CasCA), and are run on a monthly basis, on the first Thursday of each month.
The café was set up to provide support and information to the local community at an early stage and minimise the need for people to depend on funded services. The team’s aim was to develop a sense of community resilience and offer a preventative approach to services.
Thanks to the team’s multi-disciplinary approach, all those involved became multi-skilled. This meant that the burden on certain Shropshire services was eased thanks to the café and its volunteers.
Resilient Communities has worked in partnership with South Shropshire Furniture Scheme and this provided access to much needed funding for the café. The team also offer thanks to various local businesses who provided support for refreshment funds.
Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult services, commented:
“We’re very pleased that we can support this great initiative. As a council, we recognise the hard work that carers do and it’s key they have an opportunity to meet other local carers and feel supported.”
Celine Beddows, Faye Wood and Jill Owen all worked extremely hard on the project and had this to say:
“Due to the vast size of Shropshire, getting to support centres can often be difficult and as a team we are simply thrilled that we can offer support and relief to carers, as well as those that are cared for, in the Craven Arms area.”
If you, or someone you know, needs support, guidance or just some more information then contact the council on 0345 678 9044 and make an appointment at a Let’s Talk Local session.