As we enter the month of May we have the usual uncertainty about what to wear – just as we thought summer had arrived we have frosts and cold winds returning. However, it is always sunny at the Pabulum Café and we have much to look forward to. On May 8th we have our first outing of the year on the Norfolk Broads, Rita is grappling with trying to fit everyone into the dinghy, at the last count we had over 100 people booked in so all can take a turn with the oars.
Both locally and nationally May is an important month for Dementia. Dementia Awareness Week begins on 16th May and runs through to the 23rd.
We will be busy in Wymondham that week with a special Singing Café on Saturday 16th May outside the library – this is Farmers Market day but we are unable to be in the Market Place on this occasion. Please come along an support us and join in the singing.
During the week commencing Monday 18th May we will have information stands at Wymondham Library and The Wymondham Medical Centre (Postmill) and would welcome volunteers to take a slot on the rota’s. Dianne will be organising this and will let all know the precise times we are at which location. Keep your eyes open for other special events in Norwich and elsewhereas there is a lot going on – at the end of this newsletter there is note of dementia related events coming up.
As you all will know we have frequently hosted visitors from other parts of Norfolk who have been interested in starting similar services in their area and it has been very rewarding to see the number of new dementia café’s and support services which have opened recently. We were delighted to attend the opening of the Stoke Holy Cross Café on the 13th April which was a great success thanks to the sterling work put in by Dave Gudgeon and his team. I have recently been in touch with Joanne Mountjoy-Dixon the Dementia lead for AgeUK Norfolk and they are in the process of compiling a list of all Café’s. This will be available shortly and members and carers might like to drop in on some of them and enjoy a visit when we know where they are all situated..
Great progress is being made with the garden plan and Dianne has obtained a start up grant and has also been out and about “persuading” local garden centres to support us. We hope to have the shed and a proper fence put up soon and the land rotavated ready for planting.
Our first Friday this month is of course highlighted by the Reminiscence Display which this time is all about Sport. The Legendary Linda’s have again achieved a remarkable collection and we thank them (and their better halves) for their dedication and hard work.
This month the Pabulum Picture Palace will be showing Walt Disneys Jungle Book not the film previously advertised. We look forwatd to seeing you all there on the 19 May, 1-30 for a 2 pm start.
Dementia related Events – Diary dates (thanks to Liz Magem for these)
May 6th Norwich Millenium Library – Draw your History 10-30 to12-30. Book at Library sound & vision desk.
May 6th University of East Anglia – Julian Study Centre – Inter Professional Workshop to raise awareness of dementia amongst medical & nursing students. Also open to those affected by dementia and carers. (Trevor has more detailed information)
May 12th and every second Tuesday at the Millenium Library, Norwich, Come Singing 10-45 to 11-45, no need to book.
May 18th Singing, tea & cake in the Speigel Tent in Norwich Chapel Field Gardens from 1pm to 4pm – This is part of the Norfolk and NorwichFestival.
May 19th In the Forum, Norwich. Dementia Awareness Week Information and activities 10-30 to 3-30.
May 22nd at The King’s Centre, King Street, Norwich – A Road Less Rocky – this is described as a ‘ A welcoming forum for those experiencing or supporting people with dementia’ The programme looks excellent and includes talks (30 mins & 45 mins) from carers, nurses and Zena Aldridge, Lead Admiral Nurse also information stands. Admission free 10 am to 5 pm.
The full programme and timetable is on the Pabulum Notice Board.