Students host social afternoon tea for the elderly with dementia

NPA - elderly cafe18.12.14 – Hospitality students at Nene Park Academy hosted the Salvation Army’s Crocus Cafe which gives elderly residents who are suffering with dementia the chance to meet up and socialise.

As part of their Hospitality course, students at the Academy sought ways in which to help the local community. They discovered the local Crocus Memory Café meets at the Salvation Army in Peterborough, and has been running since October 2013. They decided to invite the group to host a meeting at the Academy.

The main purpose of the afternoon, and the Crocus Café, is to support those living with dementia. Peterborough City Council’s drive to raise awareness about dementia had a focus this year with the opening of a new Dementia Resource Centre, to provide support for people with the condition, and their carers and families.

Abbie Mann, Hospitality teacher at Nene Park Academy, said: “The students wanted to put their skills to the test and prepare something for a worthwhile cause within the local community. When we heard about the Crocus Café and that all the Rotary clubs in Peterborough work together to support the café, we thought that this would be the perfect opportunity for us to try to make a difference ourselves.”

Councillor Wayne Fitzgerald, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care for Peterborough City Council, said: “More and more people every year are diagnosed with dementia which is why we are investing in improving the services we offer dementia sufferers and their families. In August we launched our new Dementia Resource Centre which is improving and increasing the support we offer dementia sufferers and their families.

“However, it’s also critical that we raise awareness of dementia amongst our residents and businesses and this is why we are striving to make Peterborough a dementia friendly city. It’s crucial that we raise awareness amongst all age groups so it is great to see that young people at Nene Park Academy are interested in learning more about dementia and how they can help people who have the condition.”

The Crocus Café meets at The Salvation Army on the first Monday of the month from 10am to noon.