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Help us raise £5,440 to continue the Nature Memories Café!

Monday 8th May 2017

The relaxing power of nature combined with friendly companionship in the warmth of the Lakeside Room at the Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham is at the heart of Nature Memories Café.

The Café’s weekly drop-in sessions on Mondays started in January, and after an incredibly successful 10 week trial the Wildlife Trust has secured funding for the next 18 months. But we need more funding to keep the Café open.

“The Nature Memories Café is a lifeline for people living with dementia, and their friends and family members who come along as well,” says Becky O’Melia, the Centre Ranger at the Nature Discovery Centre. “Because we received funding from Thatcham Town Council, West Berkshire Council and Alpkit we were able to run the Café sessions earlier free of charge.

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“Keeping these sessions free for anyone to attend means that everyone gains the benefits of spending time in nature, as well as the social interaction that the café offers,” says Becky.

This dementia-friendly project is run by the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust in collaboration with the Dementia Friendly Communities Project Officer at West Berkshire Council.

“People who have come to the Café sessions say that they are a lifeline. The opportunity to spend time in a relaxing environment with others who truly understand what they’re going through is vital, not just for the wellbeing of their loved ones living with dementia but also for their own wellbeing.”