Services for people living with dementia in Lambeth
In July 2019, Age Exchange were awarded the contract for the Supporting People with Dementia Project, funded by the Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group. After the success of our weekly group, The Wellbeings, run from Lingham Court in Stockwell, which provides support, friendship and activities for people living with dementia and their carers, we have since begun two additional groups. Age Exchange launched The Living Well Group in West Norwood in February 2020, which has seen referrals from the Alzheimer’s Society and the Sensory Support Service, as well as individuals who have self-referred. The Living Well group is situated in Cheviot Gardens, an attractive, newly built sheltered housing scheme. As with The Wellbeings, the group is open to people living with dementia and their carers, who take part in a range of fun and creative reminiscence arts activities.
Our third Lambeth service, Cafe Create, specifically for people living with young onset dementia and their carers, opened in March 2020. This weekly group meets in the West Norwood Picturehouse. The location is vibrant and welcoming, with access to the Picturehouse bar/café, the community library and the lounge area with free Wi-Fi. We are aware there are is a scarcity of specific services available to support people living with dementia who were diagnosed aged 65 and under. Many existing groups are aimed at older adults and do not feel relevant for people experiencing dementia at a very different time in their life. We hope to emulate the success of our Kaleidoscope Café, giving younger people affected with dementia a chance to meet others similarly placed to share challenges and achievements, and have the opportunity to try different art techniques in a friendly, creative space.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have suspended our Lambeth groups until it is safe and advisable to reopen them. We will keep you informed about this via our website.
In the meantime, support is still being provided through our Virtual Day Care service. Please see our Virtual Day Care for further information or to make a referral.