The Young@Heart Cafe and Stopsley Sing Café joined together to sing festive songs in a dementia friendly carol concert at St John’s the Apostle Church, in Sundon Park Road, on December 9.
Maria Collins, of Young@Heart, said: “We had 100 people attend, and the programme included readings, poetry and carols. One of our guests, Pat, read a poem from his perspective of being a parent with Alzheimer’s which was moving.
“We were also joined by the Indian Orthodox Youth Choir who joined us in carols but also sang festive songs from India which was a lovely experience. People enjoyed it so much we have already been asked to make the dementia friendly carol concert an annual event.”
A raffle and donations have raised funds to support both dementia cafes, although the total amount has not been totted up.
Maria, director of home care company, Home Instead said: “Our cafes are run totally by volunteers but we need the resources to buy things like art and craft equipment for our increasingly well-attended weekly meetings.
“It is increasingly important that society is able to see that people who live with dementia can still take an active part in society.”