Dementia café to offer support to people in Sudbury

Anesta Newson

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Sudbury charity The Bridge Project has joined forces with national charity Sue Ryder to host the town’s first dementia café which has been running successfully in other parts of the county.

Synergy Cafés are an initiative created by the national charity, Sue Ryder, that invites people with dementia, as well as their family and friends, to get together and enjoy socialising with others living with the condition.

Anesta Newson, founder of The Bridge Project said, “We’re so pleased to be hosting a weekly Synergy Café for Sudbury.

“We want to help give the people of Sudbury and surrounding villages the opportunity to talk about dementia more openly and ensure they have somewhere they can go for support and information.”

The Sudbury Synergy Café sessions provide a place for those affected by dementia to chat to people in a similar situation and provide them with information, education and practical support on how to cope.

The first Synergy Cafe in Sudbury took place at The Bridge Project on Gainsborough Street on July 6, and will continue every Monday, 11am – 3pm, with two trained facilitators from the Sue Ryder charity who can help source further support if anyone should need it.

Jo Marshall, centre director at Sue Ryder Ipswich added: “We are delighted to be working with The Bridge Project and keen to engage with people in Sudbury to ensure the Synergy Cafe meets their needs, so would welcome anyone who may be interested in finding out more about Synergy Cafes or interested in volunteering at the Cafe to get in touch.”