Our Communities Award 2019: Contribution to Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation Award – WINNER ANNOUNCED! #oca2019

WINNER: Angels Corner Café

The Angels Corner Café was set up in April 2018, after doing some extensive
research and investigations into dementia friendly Cafes.

It is a very friendly and cheerful café providing a service for the local community. It has also been very well supported by the Staying Well Team and has continued to grow and thrive.

The Café was initially set up to provide a service for the Pellon, Highroad Well and Norton Tower areas to support people who may be vulnerable or isolated with
memory loss or loneliness and to include their families and/or carers and friends. It
also provides emotional support as well as giving the opportunity to those who
attend to share experiences with others.

The Café takes place once every three weeks on a Sunday afternoon in an extremely safe, comfortable and supportive environment, with regular, and familiar trained volunteers.

The volunteers were encouraged to be trained by the Staying Well Team who also funded the training.

The Angels Corner actively encourage and give people the opportunity of taking part in different and most enjoyable activities which can include: Arts, crafts, games, quizzes and word searches.

Bingo has become a very popular game over this past year!

A lot depends on people attending and the choices they make as some just prefer to sit and chat!

The carers too have got to know each other and are able to share their experiences.
All the people who attend the Café are very positive and it is fair to say that
they have become close friends of Angels Corner!

Whilst Angels Corner have tackled some of the loneliness and social isolation, they still
continue to try and attract others from within and around the community. Loneliness
and social isolation is epidemic in the country today and so Cafes like Angels Corner
are important in trying to eliminate this.

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