Carers cafes being held in Kirkcaldy to mark Dementia Awareness Week

The cafes offer an opportunity for carers to have a friendly chat in a relaxed and informal atmosphere
The cafes offer an opportunity for carers to have a friendly chat in a relaxed and informal atmosphere

Friends and family of those affected by dementia are being invited to attend a series of Carers’ Cafes.

They are being held in Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy to coincide with Dementia Awareness Week which runs from June 1-7.

The first cafe, hosted by NHS Fife, is scheduled to take place today (Tuesday) between 1.00 and 2.00 p.m. on Level 8, Phase two in the hospital.

Further cafes are also scheduled to take place on: July 15; August 13 and September 17.

Dementia affects around 90,000 people across Scotland, as well as the many thousands of unpaid carers – usually partners or relations – who support them.

Dementia Awareness Week centres on a key theme - ‘Let’s talk about dementia’.

With this in mind, NHS Fife has created a number of drop-in cafes for those caring for loved ones with dementia. The cafes offer an opportunity for carers to have a friendly chat in a relaxed and informal atmosphere, where they can get any support or advice they may need.

The sessions are being facilitated by specialist professional development nurses, who work jointly between NHS Fife and Alzheimer Scotland. The events will also be supported by the Alzheimer Scotland Resource Centre in Kirkcaldy.

Mahri Edgar, Alzheimer Scotland Professional Development Link Worker, said: “A great many people care for friends or loved ones with dementia and they do it out of love and out of kindness.

“The carers’ cafes are an opportunity to have a sit down, a cuppa and share these experiences with people in a similar position to you.

“You can feel free to contribute as much or as little as you feel comfortable with and the specialist dementia nurses will be on hand to answer any queries you may have.”