A NOSTALGIA tea room is set to open this weekend to help dementia sufferers in the area.
The tea room is the brainchild of Robert Godson and his team at Home Instead West Lancashire who have campaigned over the past year for Ormskirk to become a dementia- friendly town.
The team provided free educational dementia workshops in May and June to businesses and community groups in the area.
The pop-up nostalgia tea room is an extension of this dementia community work and director Rob believes if the once-a- month cafe helps only one person or family, then it will be worthwhile.
Rob said: “So many families are affected by this disease, which can often be very hard to detect.
“There isn’t all that much support for families and carers out there.
“Lots of people don’t know how to interact with dementia sufferers and it’s our aim to try and educate people that just because someone has dementia doesn’t mean they can’t have a good life.”
The nostalgia tea room will be available to all people but is specifically aimed at dementia sufferers and their carers.
The cafe will open on Saturday, August 17, between 10.30am and 2.30pm at New Church House to the side of Ormskirk Parish Church.
The idea is that carers are able to enjoy an hour of respite while their family member is cared for by the specialised staff.
Rob said: “Music, smells and photos all help to stimulate people’s memories and we’re hoping that the environment we create will trigger people’s memories enabling them to interact in a way they usually wouldn’t be able to.”
For more information, please call Rob on 01695-589071.