Lynn’s Monthly Dementia Cafe is changing its hours to make it friendlier and increase attendance.
Before Covid it was packed with people but the lockdown has taken its toll and since reopening late last year the numbers have gone down.
Sara Nurse, from West Norfolk Carers, said the cafe, in the halls of the Methodist Church, County Court Road, is open the first Friday of every month.
She said: “In the past it opened at 10 a.m. but we appreciate that might be a big ask for some carers so we’ve decided to change the morning hours to 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. instead.”
The new arrangements will begin on Friday, May 6, and as a celebration, the borough mayor and mayoress have been invited to meet the team over a buffet, refreshments and cake.
“We hope the new hours will bring more people back,” said Sara, the organization’s head of young carers and family services.
“We have a wonderful team of volunteers who have been with us for a long time and we have a busy schedule of activities including speakers, therapies, exercise sessions etc. And we are available to offer information, advice and individual interviews. conversations as well as a cup of tea, cakes and cookies.”
Although the first afternoon session will take place next week, there will be no coffee in June due to Platinum Jubilee celebrations and it will return in July.