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Dementia café, Market Harborough
Coffee, cake and conversation

The idea of the café is simple – to provide a safe and relaxing place for people with dementia and their families and carers to share experiences, have access to information and to meet others in the same situation.

We are also aiming to combat the isolation felt by members through:
  • Providing a relaxing place where people can share experiences
  • Providing a range of speakers and activities that give information that helps to support members
  • Enabling both carers and cared-for to share and enjoy an activity together
  • Speaking out about dementia and its effects so that people feel empowered to deal with it
  • Developing a range of resources and information that people can use to help improve their knowledge of the condition and to enhance their daily lives
  • Most importantly for people to have fun together.
The café meets on the third Thursday of every month and has a full programme of speakers, activities and events for 2017.  All are welcome to join us.
Dementia cafe meeting Feb 2014

Dr Oli Hands (right) addressing
our February 2014 meeting

All meetings are held from 2pm to 4pm, and you can find us at:-

Jubilee Hall
Congregational Church
Bowden Lane
Market Harborough
LE16 7JD

Jubilee Hall is shown on this map.

The café is well supported by the Community Mental Health Team, and we encourage visits by professionals from other agencies that can offer support to members.

For more information please come along to the café, or get in touch with Sarah on 07710 011174 or email her at

Dementia cafés in Kibworth and Thurmaston

We are excited to be supporting The Well, Kibworth with the launch of their new monthly Dementia café group which started in July 2013. For more information please visit their website, contact Emma Dowman on 0116 279 0148, or drop in at The Well.

In addition to this we are also delighted to be supporting Jane and Marian with the 'Thrummy Drummer' Dementia Support & Social Group they have set up in Thurmaston. having started in September 2013, supported by Councillor Knaggs and Thurmaston Parish Council, their meetings have attracted growing attendance. For contact details and dates of their meetings please see their poster.

How did Dementia cafes get started and what have we done so far?

The concept of Dementia cafés first arose in Holland when Bere Meisen, a Dutch psychiatrist, felt that there was a need to create an environment where people with dementia and their family and carers could meet and socialise with others in a similar situation and gain access to help and advice.

Meisen’s first café was opened in a lecture room in Leiden University in 1997 and soon attracted 150 people to the meetings. This success soon spread to the UK and the first café was opened in 2000 in Farnborough, Hampshire.

In January 2011 a three month trial was started to see if a Dementia café in Market Harborough was sustainable. It was obvious from the start that this was meeting a great number of people’s needs and in April 2011 the café established itself as an independent small charity called Dementia café Market Harborough.