Memory Lane Café Cranbrook, a group created to help those with memory difficulties and their carers, has gone from strength to strength since its launch a year and a half ago.
The group, which meets monthly at Town & Country’s sheltered scheme Evernden House, sees more than 30 people from Cranbrook and its neighbouring villages come together for conversation, music and nostalgia on a particular theme.
Susan Newsam, Chair of the Memory Lane Café has successfully secured funding for 2018 from Kent Community Foundation, Kent County Council and Comic Relief. This funding means that the group can continue running for the next year.
In addition, Mrs Newsam who founded the group, was invited to attend several key events to promote the group and its success. At a reception held by The High Sheriff of Kent, George Jessel, to thank the Kent Community Foundation (KCF) for all the work carried out by small and medium sized charities across the county Mrs Newsam was amongst the speakers talking about the difference that the group makes.
Mrs Newsam was also invited to attend the launch of the Commission on Dementia and Music’s final report at the House of Lords representing the Memory Lane Café project. The independent report has established what we know about the impact of music on dementia from a wide range of evidence showing how music-based activities can change the lives of people living with dementia and their families.