Café celebrates 1st birthday
Volunteers kicked off celebrations as Holywell’s Memory Café marked a year
since it opened.
At that time, the café, in the Artisan Shop in Holywell, was one of only three
in the county. Flintshire now boasts seven cafés, with more planned in the
Memory Cafés help people living with memory loss (diagnosed or undiagnosed) and
their carers. They are a place to get free support and advice and to socialise
and participate in organised activities and receive talks from health care
The celebrations took on a seaside theme and everyone enjoyed a buffet and
party games, including musical bingo.
At the party were Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Social
Services, Councillor Christine Jones, the Mayor and Mayoress of Holywell,
Councillor J M Johnson and Mrs Johnson with Cllr Johnson’s mother, Gladys, who
played the organ so everyone could join in the seaside singalong.
Councillor Johnson said:
“This café is vitally important in our efforts to raise awareness of dementia
and I’m pleased to see so many people attending and enjoying the session. I’m
proud to be a Dementia Friend and I would recommend everyone to gain a better
understanding of dementia.”
Councillor Christine Jones said:
Memory cafés are a great idea and a great way of getting people living with
dementia and their carers together socially as well as providing professional
help and advice. It’s an informal meeting place and there’s no need for a
referral as it’s a drop-in group. This is an issue which is at the forefront
of our policies for adult social care and we will be aiming to open more
Dementia Cafés across all areas of the County.”
The Café is open every other Friday from 1.30-3.30pm at the Artisan Shop, 49-51
High Street, Holywell. The organisers wish to thank Tesco for providing the
For more information on this and other memory cafés in Flintshire, contact Luke
Pickering-Jones on 01352 702655 or Luke.Pickeringfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Cllr Christine Jones, Cllr Johnson and Lynda Carter from Tesco along with Helen
Hughes and Sian Lewis and members of the Flintshire Social Services Team enjoy
celebrating with the service users and their carers.