New dementia cafe service officially launched in Thorpe St Andrew

Thorpe St Andrew's rector, James Stewart, dedicated the sensory garden. Photo: Thorpe St Andrew Town

Thorpe St Andrew's rector, James Stewart, dedicated the sensory garden. Photo: Thorpe St Andrew Town Council. - Credit: Archant

A new cafe aimed at supporting people suffering with dementia has opened in Thorpe St Andrew.

Town mayor Ian Mackie and councillor Sue Lawn. Photo: Thorpe St Andrew Town Council.

Town mayor Ian Mackie and councillor Sue Lawn. Photo: Thorpe St Andrew Town Council. - Credit: Archant

The dementia cafe will be operating between 10am and midday on the third Wednesday of every month at Roxley Hall, on Yarmouth Road.

It was officially launched on July 1 and coincided with the unveiling of a new memorial to Princess Diana at River Green.

The cafe service includes a relaxation room, which was funded by the Ivy Child Charitable Trust. It features local art and photography, as well as seating and a fireplace.

There is also a sensory garden at the rear of Roxley Hall for dementia sufferers and their carers to enjoy.

The memorial to Princess Diana at River Green. Photo: Thorpe St Andrew Town Council.

The memorial to Princess Diana at River Green. Photo: Thorpe St Andrew Town Council. - Credit: Archant

Town councillor Sue Lawn, who initially presented the idea to the council, said: 'Everyone experiences Dementia in their own way and hopefully the Dementia Cafe coffee mornings will show carers they are not on their own.'