New Haverhill café for people living with dementia

Carmella Miller and Sue Merton of Sue Ryder's Synergy Caf�
Carmella Miller and Sue Merton of Sue Ryder's Synergy Caf�

Sue Ryder has introduced a new Synergy café in Haverhill, held every Tuesday from 11am to 3pm at West End Congregational Church in Withersfield Road.

It aims to support people living with dementia and their family carers.

The café offers food and drinks, as well as providing a planned programme of a variety of enjoyable activities.

Synergy Café aims to bring fun, education, information and practical advice in a friendly setting.

The charity believes sharing experiences with peers can be a great help particularly for family carers, and many friendships have developed as a result of attending a Synergy café’, such as the café in Ipswich.

A team of staff experienced in supporting people with dementia and the family work alongside trained volunteers.

Attendance is free, with optional food and refreshments for purchase and members can stay for as long or as little time as they wish.

Tracey Plested, community services manager at Sue Ryder – The Chantry in Ipswich, said: “There is a significant challenge in Suffolk to meet the needs of families affected by dementia. It is important that people and their carers have access to opportunities that enable them to spend quality time together outside of the family home. “

Suffolk Dementia Helpline (01473 353350) has now extended its operational hours so that the service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.