THE Mayor of Winsford was welcomed into the Alzheimer’s Society’s dementia café to see what services are available for people affected by the condition.

Dementia cafés provide people living with the condition and their carers a platform to talk openly about living with dementia within a relaxed and informal environment.

The group regularly hear from a variety of guest speakers, including health and social care professionals and representatives from the local community, about topics and services relevant to them.

Sarah Greenwood, who attends the group regularly and cares for her husband, said: “The café was a lifeline for me when Tony was initially diagnosed. It enables me to have support and contact with other carers. Alzheimer’s can be a very isolating condition for both the person with the dementia and their carer, and this regular contact gives me a real boost.”

Caroline Hebblethwaite, dementia café coordinator for Cheshire, said: “The café is a great way of accessing one to one support and advice from Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Advisers which can help people live as well as possible with dementia.

“They give people with the condition and their carers the opportunity to socialise with others in similar situations and receive vital support and they are also a great source of information and guidance which can help people to live well with the condition.”

Caroline added that, with 17,583 people living with dementia in Cheshire, too many people face the condition alone without adequate support.

Alzheimer’s Society is delighted that the Mayor of Winsford Gina Lewis, has nominated Alzheimer’s Society as one of her chosen charities to support in her year of office.

To raise funds and awareness, Cllr Lewis will be taking part in the Cheshire Memory Walk at Arley Hall on Sunday, October 14.

The Dementia Café service offers a warm and welcoming environment to those affected by all types of dementia.

The café meets at St Andrews Church, Dingle Way on the last Tuesday in the month from 10.30am until 12pm.

For more information call 0300 369 0570 or call in to the next session on Tuesday, August 28.