Free Cringleford dementia awareness event

A care home in Cringleford is inviting the local community to its free event for families caring for those living with dementia.

On Tuesday May 15, from 2pm-4pm, the Care UK team at Cavell Court on Dragonfly Lane will open the doors for the return of its popular Understanding Dementia event.

Renowned dementia specialist Dr Nori Graham will be on hand to help people understand what it is like to live with dementia. There will also be support and practical advice on what dementia is and how memories are lost, as well as useful tips on how to overcome communication barriers.

After the event there will be a Q&A session and the opportunity to meet the Cavell Court team and look at the care home.

Jennie Rodger, home manager at Cavell Court said: “We know how challenging looking after a friend or relative living with dementia can be. It’s natural to feel confused about how to behave, and our event aims to offer professional knowledge and insight to those who need it – as well as provide a hub for shared experiences.

“We want people to know they’re not alone, and we’re here to offer support. We look forward to welcoming them to the home for an inspiring afternoon of information and guidance.”

To find out more about at Cavell Court, or to book your free place, call customer relations manager, Samantha Woods on 01603 856 835, or email

Sprowston teenagers need your help to make a difference

Young people in Sprowston are joining forces with the Sprowston Dementia Friendly community to organise activities to help people with the condition.

Sprowston Youth Engagement Project will be holding a 1950s tea dance on August 10 for people living with dementia and their families.

In order to make this a really special occasion they are hoping people will donate their time, some bunting, tea sets, flowers, cakes,1950s decorations, games, 1950s clothes… and someone to teach the youngsters how to dance!

They would also like to hear from a singer or anyone with other 1950s attractions.

They also plan to paint the annexe at St Cuthbert’s church and are hoping for donations of paint, brushes and rollers.If anyone has magnolia and blue gloss or trade paint they no longer need, Clare Lincoln, project lead for SYEP, would love to hear from you.

There is also scope for more young volunteers to join the group.

Contact Clare on 07917 517 405 or email


Café opening marks Dementia Awareness Week

The Sprowston Community Dementia Café opens tomorrow (May 19) to mark the town’s contribution to Dementia Awareness Week.
People with dementia and their carers will be welcome at an informal drop-in session for tea and cake between 10am and 12 at the Diamond Centre, School Lane, and the chance to shape the future of the café which will open on the third Thursday every month following the opening.
There is a no charge and the aim of the café is to help improve the wellbeing of those living with dementia and their carers, and reduce isolation.
“Organisers and volunteers have lots of ideas for activities, games, visits from speakers and therapists but the key thing is that those attending will be able to shape the service provided,” explained David Ward, Broadland District Council’s Older People’s Champion. “We hope that the regular social interaction that the café will provide will help build the confidence and self-esteem of those living with dementia and their carers. Recent research has shown that loneliness in older people can be worse for health than smoking and loneliness can be even more of a problem for people living with dementia.”
The café is part of Broadland District Council’s Grow Your Community initiative and is being run in partnership with Sprowston Town Council and Andrew Frederick Adult Support (AFAS) which has vast experience through running its own dementia day care unit. The idea grew from a consultation event where local people and groups were asked about the services they most wanted for older people.
Ian Moncur, Chairman of Sprowston Town Council, added: “Sprowston Town Council are pleased to get involved with the Community Dementia Café which we welcome to Sprowston Diamond Centre. I have first-hand knowledge of this condition as it affects my own family and this café will support both carers and cared for.”
The town council are providing the venue and refreshments while AFAS will be organising volunteers and activities.