Welcome to St. George’s Dementia Support Group. We hold a cafe twice a month at St. George’s Hall in Stoke Holy Cross south of Norwich. The cafe sessions take place on the second and fourth Mondays of the month between 10am and 12 noon, with the exception of Bank Holidays. Our aim is to support those living with dementia and their carers primarily through the cafe meetings but also through friendship and other events. It is free to attend and new members are always welcome.
See the Cafe Dates page for current dates.
During the first hour people gather around tables in small groups and participate in activities if they wish to do so. Activities include a range of jigsaws, tri-ominoes, word search, drawing and colouring, craft activities among others. Each group will include volunteers who have had training and are experienced in dealing with people living with dementia. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available for a small charge.
During the second hour a carers meeting is held in the Octagon room to provide additional information and support. The majority of the volunteers will remain with those living with dementia to ensure that they are occupied and not anxious whilst their companion is away.
We invite guests to some of the cafe meetings to lead activities such as singing, gentle exercise and reminiscence sessions. Pre Covid one or two of the cafe dates each year were replaced by outings and we hope to restart running these trips next year. We have visited Pensthorpe, Africa Alive, had fish and chips at Wells-next-the-Sea, and enjoyed Broads boat trips.
In the run up to Christmas we arrange a Christmas lunch for the group. In recent years this has been at The Old Feathers, Framingham Pigot, who open on a Monday especially for us so we have the whole restaurant for our party. A very popular event with all concerned. The last cafe before Christmas is followed by a buffet lunch for everyone who wants to stay on. Children from one of the local primary schools often visit the December cafe and sing Christmas songs for us. This is always a popular treat.