Ceartas is involved in four De Cafés across East Dunbartonshire. The De Cafés are groups for anyone living with, or concerned about, dementia or memory loss. It is an informal setting where people and their carers, partners or family can meet and speak to each other.
As well as providing social support and a chance to swap stories and experiences – the Peer Support Model – De Café is an opportunity to get information from Ceartas and other organisations, as well as updates about what is happening in the world of dementia.
De Café aims to:
- Provide a relaxed and informal environment where people can talk to each other about some of the issues they face living with dementia.
- Provide information about dementia and local services for people affected by dementia
- Prevent isolation for people affected by dementia.
- Encourage peer-led Collective Advocacy, and promote access to Independent Advocacy and carer support services at an early stage.
You can find details of your nearest De Café on the What’s On Page.
There are six De Cafés across East Dunbartonshire:
De Café Bishopbriggs: first Tuesday of the month,.
2 – 3.30pm
Woodhill Evangelical Church, 30 Wester Cleddens Road, Bishopbriggs G64 2NH
De Café Lenzie, in association with Lenzie Union Parish Church: second Monday of the month, 1:30 – 3:00pm.
Lenzie Union Parish Church New Hall, Moncreiff Avenue, Lenzie G66 4LD
De Café Killermont – in partnership with Killermont Parish Church: fourth Tuesday of the month, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Killermont Parish Church, Ranoch Drive, Bearsden G61 2LD
De Café Kirkintilloch: last Friday of the month, 1:30 – 3:00pm
The Park Centre, 45 Kerr Street, Kirkintilloch, G66 1LF.
Dementia Voices is different from the De Cafes. In this group people with lived experience of dementia come together to talk about some of the difficulties they encounter. Together they explore ways to keep doing the things that are important and have meaning.
We meet every 2 months.
Contact Michelle our Dementia Link Worker if you are interested to know more.
0141 775 0433 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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