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Fusion Cafe

Fusion Dementia Café was established in February 2006. It is a partnership venture between local agencies involved in Dementia Care. Clevearc are the lead agency but are supported regularly by staff from Stockton’s Integrated Mental Health Service and Avalon.

It is held on the last Friday of the month in the Training Suite adjacent to Kirkdale Nursing Home, with a separate side entrance into the garden.

The café provides a supportive environment for people with dementia and their carers to attend a social occasion together, where the effects of dementia are understood and accepted.

There is no charge for attending and people do not need to be referred or make an appointment in advance to attend.

At each session visitors receive refreshments, cream cakes, snacks and good quality varied entertainment.

Although the focus is on a social occasion, it is recognised that sometimes support and information is required and there is an information table and free access to the internet available at every session.

There is also an enclosed garden area for outdoor activities to take place.

The café provides a service for visitors who are still living in the community. Carers are expected to provide for all the personal care needs of the person they accompany. Under no circumstances are staff/volunteers able to provide personal care for visitors because of health and safety and infection control issues.

We are unable to accept people who are resident in care homes where they should be able to access activities, support and entertainment in a supported environment. However, where a regular visitor has recently accessed long term care, they will be able to attend in the period before the placement is confirmed at a review meeting.

We also welcome carers to continue attending the café in the capacity of volunteers when they are no longer able to attend with their partner because of changing circumstances.

Volunteers are always wanted to assist with café sessions and any fund raising activities on behalf of Fusion are very welcome.

Latest Dementia Café Event

Visitors to a dementia-friendly afternoon are set for a musical treat this month.

Fusion Dementia Café is held on the last Friday of every month and is a partnership venture between local agencies involved in dementia care. It is led by Clevearc (Cleveland Alzheimer’s Residential Centre in Thornaby) and supported by staff from Stockton’s Integrated Mental Health Service and several other external agencies.

It provides a supportive environment for people with dementia and their carers to attend a social occasion together, where the effects of their dementia are understood and accepted.

People affected by dementia and their carer can attend together without a referral or appointment. The Café is open on the last Friday of every month and is held at Clevearc in Stockton – this month’s Café is being held on April 27th from 2pm-4pm.

There is an enclosed garden, internet access and information area, a kitchen and a large space for entertaining. There are refreshments; cakes and a raffle ticket for a free draw and visitors are entertained by a wide variety of acts such as singers, dancers, musicians, story tellers. Audience participation is encouraged.

At this latest Café, visitors will be treated a performance from Steve Roxton, an international accordionist, while also enjoying an afternoon cream tea.  

Gayle Tweed, Chief Executive of Clevearc, said: “We often have musicians and entertainers tell us it’s very rewarding taking part in a session like this, where people can take an active role or who can just enjoy listening, whichever they prefer. The sessions are very much interactive and anybody of any age or ability can take part, and we know visitors to the Café massively enjoy the musical entertainment.”