WHO WE ARE
The term dementia describes a set of symptoms including memory loss, mood changes and problems with communication and reasoning. Dementia is not a natural part of growing old. It is caused by diseases of the brain, the most common of which is Alzheimer’s.
There are presently about 800,000 people with dementia in the United Kingdom, two thirds of whom are women.
Wymondham Dementia Support Group was formed in 2008 with the objective of ‘Promoting the well-being and quality of life of people with dementia and their carers in the County of Norfolk’.
We are a small local charity responding to local need – all of our trustees live in Wymondham and surrounding parishes.
We seek to meet that objective in a number of ways – our main service is a weekly Pabulum Café which meets at the Fairland Church Centre in Wymondham from 10am to 1pm on the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Friday of each month and on the 3rd Friday we have ‘The Singing Café’.
From Monday 4th April, 2016 our new Dementia Café ‘The Monday-Monday Club’ will open every Monday between 10am and 12noon. This is a different version of The Pabulum Café which meets every Friday and has many activities.
The Monday-Monday Club will offer a quiet and reflective time where those with dementia and their carers can enjoy conversation, coffee, refreshments and support from our experienced volunteers.
Just over a year ago we started the Pabulum Picture Palace showing full length feature films in our Dementia Friendly cinema setting once each month. We are also developing a Dementia Friendly Garden upon land alongside Fairland United Reformed Church.
In the spring of 2015 after discussions with our members and carers we established a Sports and Leisure service in the Fairland Church Hall which meets on the 2nd, 4th & 5th Friday of each month opening at the same time as The Pabulum Café.
Fuller details of all of our services can be found under the ACTIVITIES menu.
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In 2014 Wymondham Dementia Support Group worked closely with AgeUK Norfolk and the Town Council to enable Wymondham to become the first ‘Dementia Friendly’ community in Norfolk. We continue to work actively with other communities to help them develop facilities for those with dementia and also become ‘Dementia Friendly’.
The concept of a dementia friendly community is slowly emerging and might be defined as a place
- in which it is possible for the greatest number of people with dementia to live a good life
- where people with dementia are enabled to live as independently as possible and continue to be part of their community
- where they are met with understanding and given support where necessary
People with dementia and their carers describe a dementia friendly community as one that enables them to
- find their way around and be safe
- access the local facilities that they are used to and where they are known (such as banks, shops, cafes, post offices and cinemas etc)
- maintain their social networks so they feel they continue to belong
We continue to listen to those who use our services and develop our response to their needs accordingly.
Watch the video below for information about Wymondham Dementia Support Group.
Video created by the Norfolk Community Foundation.