Today we headed to Alcester and shared a cup of tea with Carole Zambonini, founder of Alcester Dementia cafe. Following a chat with Carole she kindly introduced us to all the lovely volunteers who help out at the cafe- who all work completely unpaid. We mingled with the volunteers and also some of the people accessing the service. What we saw today was unbelievable and we are all so proud to be helping fund raise for this amazing cause.
Whilst talking to Carole it was so apparent how passionate she is for this cause. Carole started Dementia cafe around 4 years ago after her mother, who had dementia, passed away. Before her passing, Carole's mother had dementia for a number of years, this is where Carole realised there was very little care/support/help for them or other people, friends and families affected by dementia. Whilst talking to us about the service, her ambitions for its growth she could not thank us enough for our offer of support and she became very emotional which in turn set us off as well!
Currently Dementia Cafe opens twice weekly on Tuesdays & Fridays from 10.30am until 12.30pm in Jubilee Hall, they welcome anyone with memory problems or dementia, families, friends & carers. They help provide information on all aspects that range from benefits to continence and stages of dementia to care homes. The Dementia Cafe is a service beyond excellence!
Their next step is to provide a secure & friendly environment to be able to offer respite for the carers. This is a service that is needed so badly. Carole & her team urgently need the funds to be able to make this happen and be able to open a dementia day care facility and give carers the much needed 'me' time they deserve.
This service currently has NO Income/funding and they rely on local fundraising from trustees, various clubs & groups within Alcester & of course a lot of support from the fantastic local community!
This is where Pathogen, our supporters/followers and of course the local community come in. We want to help make this happen. Carole has worked so hard and provided such an amazing service to the local community, lets help show her how much the community appreciates it!
We will have 7 donation tins around the town on Sunday from 10am, we are also taking donations for them via our just giving page (www.justgiving.com/pathogenfilms) for all our followers who cannot attend on Sunday. So lets dig deep, even £1 off every cast/crew/follower would make such an amazing difference to their charity.
Thank you all so much in advance, Thank you to all those at the Dementia Cafe today for being so accommodating to us and finally a huge thank you to Carole for everything, you are one amazing lady!