Good practice at the Dementia Cafe in Bidford, Warwickshire

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Healthwatch Warwickshire visited the Dementia Cafe at West Holme Court in Bidford on Avon on 10th July 2017 to observe what happens there and identify if there was any good practice that could be shared. The brief paper explains the function provided by the Cafe noting the following: - that the purpose of the Cafe is to support people suffering with memory problems and/or dementia and their family, friends and carers; - how the Cafe operates and by whom; - that a range of activities take place; - the pleasant atmosphere and energy observed by the Healthwatch representatives; - the importance of the good link with the Bidford GP Practice; - that it is funded by donations and is self-sustaining. The paper noted two factors which appear to be key to ensuring the success of the Cafe: - providing sufficient support to the key volunteers in the initial phases of setting up the Cafe; - widening the volunteer base in the long term and developing relationships with community and faith groups. Heathwatch Warwickshire notes that the function the Cafe provides is invaluable for its users and suggests that it is used as an example by other practices. No formal recommendations were made in the paper aside from the general suggestion that other practices utilise it as a good practice example.

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General details

Report title 
Good practice at the Dementia Cafe in Bidford, Warwickshire
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Warwickshire
Date of publication 
Tuesday, 10 October, 2017
Date evidence capture began 
Monday, 10 July, 2017
Type of report 
Key themes 
Other information of note about this report 
Meaningful Activities
Good Practice
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
Not known
What type of organisation requested the work 
If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner? 
Primary research method used 
How was the information collected? 
Visit to provider
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Secondary care services 
Community services 

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of disabilities 
Long term condition
Types of long term conditions 
Alzheimer’s disease or dementia

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Not known
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Not known
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Not known
Does the information include staff's views? 
Not known
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
Does the information include other people's views? 
Not known
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Not applicable
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known
What type of impact was determined? 
Network related impact

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.