Take a journey into memory with new workshop series

Guests and staff gather at a recent Journey Cafe event at The Dukes.
Guests and staff gather at a recent Journey Cafe event at The Dukes.

Take a journey into the past with a new series of workshops for people with dementia and early stage memory problems.

The first Journey Cafe event in 2014 will take place at The Dukes in Moor Lane, Lancaster, on January 20.

The Telling Stories Workshops are taster sessions for people with early stage memory problems or who are living with dementia, and their carers or relatives.

They are a chance to evoke memories without any pressure or expectation to write or act and will be led by Steve Fairclough, an experienced writer and actor who has worked with communities, older people and those with learning disabilities.

Places at the workshops at 10.30am and 1.30pm are limited so booking is essential. Admission is £4 including tea/coffee and a pastry (carer/family member go free). Call 01524 598500 to book.

As part of this event, the Journey Cafe will take place in The Dukes foyer before and after the workshops where people have a chance to chat with representatives of Age UK Lancashire who have formed a partnership with the theatre to provide access to the arts and entertainment in a comfortable welcoming environment.

Research has shown that people with dementia and their relatives often struggle to find opportunities to socialise and worry that they won’t be welcome in public places.