A dementia cafe:
- Welcomes people with dementia, their families and friends, health and social care professionals and members of the local community who are interested and involved in dementia activities in their community.
- Is free of charge.
- Meets once a month (or more regularly), at the same time and in the same place.
- Has four pillars (Atmosphere, Information, Support, Community), with corresponding principles (outlined below).
- Communication and language used at the cafe is accessible and supports personhood for people with dementia.
- Has a speaker/talk at most cafe meetings (at least 7 a year). The talk features an invited speaker(s) or involves the use of a network resource.
- Is part of the fabric of community-oriented care and connectivity pathways.
- Is run by a voluntary steering committee, which manages all aspects of the operation of the cafe and conducts a brief annual review of the cafe activities.
- When a cafe steering committee signs up to join the Irish Dementia Cafe Network, it commits to upholding the network’s shared cafe ethos and principles
Would you like to set up a dementia cafe?
Our detailed manual “How to Set Up a Dementia Café” is available, and we would be more than happy to post you out a copy. Please send your contact name and postal address by email to : firstname.lastname@example.org and simply mention that you would like a copy sent out to you.
If you are interested in setting up a dementia cafe in your local community and would like to be kept updated of the cafe network’s activities, please click here to : join our cafe mailing list.