A local Billericay and Basildon charity that helps people with memory loss, has celebrated its forth birthday last week.
On Thursday 7th Feb at The Chequers Pub in Billericay High Street, the Forget Me Not Memory Café members & volunteers celebrated it’s 4th birthday and the news that Tracy Godden CEO/Founder of the Charity has been awarded Core funding of £91,000 over a three year period by the National Lottery Community Fund.
Tracy set up the cafés in 2015 providing free stimulating cognitive & light physical activities for those diagnosed with dementia & their carers.
Up until this time Tracy had been running the cafes on a voluntary basis, using her own savings as well as receiving small donations and grants. Tracy said:
“Our thanks to Matt and the staff at The Chequers for providing the refreshments on the day and for all their support over the past few of years. They have been amazing. I would personally like to thank everyone who plays the National Lottery, as they have made the funding for us possible.”
David Sweet Chairman of Billericay Striders also announced this week that Billericay Striders have chosen the Forget Me Not Memory Café Charity as their charity of the year to support.
The memory café is a free service for anyone who has concerns about their memory or the memory of a loved one or friend. The cafes are run by trained volunteers with the support of healthcare professionals. You can come along and discuss your concerns in confidence.
They have a programme of stimulating cognitive and light physical activities for both carers and the cared for.
Please note however they are not a memory clinic and don not provide assessments.
They meet at the George Hurd centre in Basildon on Fridays at 1.45pm to 3.30pm, Billericay town council offices every other Thursday at 1.30pm to 3.30pm and at the Ghyll Grove Residential Home in Basildon on Tuesdays at 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
Activities include arts and crafts, singing, music, games, quizzes, seated exercises and puzzles.
Article by The Enquirer