FAMILIES of loved ones with dementia have invited Winsford MP Antoinette Sandbach to talk about the plight of carers.

The Eddisbury MP will be speaking at St Andrew's Methodist Church dementia cafe at 11am on Friday, September 27 followed by a question and answer session.

Carers who have first hand experience of how dementia affects family life run the cafe to support other carers.

Volunteer Bill Young, from Winsford, who looked after his wife, said: "The sole purpose of the event is to discuss what has happened in parliament regarding dementia. The Government planned to look at ways to fund adult social care years ago but nothing has happened.

"We feel that carers are very much in the background, no one seems to worry about them.

"If someone with Alzheimer's or dementia has to go into care, their home is at risk. The husband, wife or partner is allowed to stay in the house but when they go the house is sold to pay for the care.

"We feel funding your own care like this is unfair."

Carers are welcome to come along and the meeting is open to the public.

Volunteers Sarah Greenwood, Keith Howbrigg, Deryck Petty and Dave Smith join Bill to run the dementia cafe on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 10.30am to 12 noon.

"We're not experts or professionals," said Bill. "But we've been there and understand what carers are going through. We try to help other people in any way we can."

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The group meets in a safe, friendly and relaxed environment where people with dementia and their carers can share experiences, ask questions and make friends with people in a similar situation.

Admission is £2 and includes refreshments.

The group has been funded by Cheshire Freemasons Charity and is supported by St Andrew's Methodist Church on Chester Road.