New help for dementia sufferers in Rotherham

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South Yorkshire dementia charity Lost Chord is joining forces with the Alzheimer’s Society and Rotherham Ethnic Minority Alliance in a new initiative supporting the town’s black and ethnic minority community.

The first meeting of the new Alzheimer’s Society Memory Café will be held at the Unity Centre in St Leonard’s Road, Rotherham, on April 16 from 10am to noon.

Aimed specifically at people with dementia and their carers in the black and ethnic minority communities, the café will provide a relaxed setting where people can meet others in a similar situation and get information and support.

And at 11am there will be a specially tailored concert from Lost Chord, the Rotherham-based charity that provides interactive music experiences for people living with dementia.

The project, which will run throughout the year, has been made possible by £6,000 of funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards For All.

“This is an extremely important new initiative and one we are delighted to be a part of,” said Lost Chord chief executive Helena Muller.

“This café will provide support where it is needed most and our specially-tailored musical event, featuring Indian musicians, will provide the sort of stimulation we know from more than a decade of experience can have a major impact.”

Alzheimer’s Society Doncaster and Rotherham services manager Liz Hopkinson said: “Anyone in society, regardless of their ethnicity and background, can be affected by dementia and this new café is vitally important because it reaches out to people from the black and ethnic minority community who may be unaware of the network of support available to them.

“There are around 2,860 people living with a form of dementia in the Rotherham area and that number is increasing all the time.”

n To find out more call the Rotherham Alzheimer’s Society on 01709 580 543.