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Harmony Café

The Harmony Café is a place where people experiencing memory problems and their carers can socialise with one another and with volunteers in a friendly and understanding environment.

The cafe lasts a couple of hours and is held once a month on a Saturday afternoon at St Aelred’s Community Centre (216 Fifth Avenue, Tang Hall, York). Currently, around 40 people attend the café, but we are always looking for new people to come along and join in.

The aim of the Harmony Cafe is to reduce social isolation amongst people suffering from dementia and their carers. It is an opportunity for them to chat to other people in a similar situation, share information, and offer support to each other during what can be a very difficult time. The service is free of charge and we provide a light buffet and entertainment. There is always live music, hence the name. We usually find a local florist/garden centre to donate a bouquet of flowers for a free raffle.

One of the objectives of the café is to attract people who do not currently attend respite services. The Alzheimer’s Society, community psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists and occupational therapists work with us to promote the café to a wider range of people. There are opportunities for volunteers to promote the café by speaking to potential visitors at the Alzheimer’s Society’s Carer Education groups and other community events.

What Do Volunteers Do?

There are a number of roles for volunteers at the café. Our marketing team make and distribute posters and flyers to the various organisations that we work with and send invitations to previous guests. Volunteers with food hygiene certificates prepare the buffet and make drinks, while other volunteers sit and chat with guests. We are always looking for people to sing and play instruments.

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