More than tea is made in our Memory Cafe

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A care group in Queensferry and Kirkliston has launched a new facility for carers and those who have been diagnosed with early signs of dementia.

Queensferry Care, which is based at The Haven, Burgess Road, has launched the Memory Café.

The facility has been developed through a partnership, in association with Dr Robert Clafferty, community mental health consultant NHS Lothian and Alzheimers Scotland and the Queensferry Care in the Community team.

The cafe will open from 1-3pm on the third Thursday of each month, providing support, information and advice to people who have been diagnosed with dementia and their carers.

Sharon Hampson-Bahia, Queensferry Care’s manager, said: “We were delighted with the response at the opening of the café and it was clear that people attending valued the opportunity to meet and chat with the professional team in a relaxed setting while enjoying a coffee and some delicious cakes.

“We hope our next café session on March 20 will prove to be equally popular.

“Queensferry Care has been providing a range of services to older people and carers for more than 20 years across rural West Edinburgh.

“It has been exciting for us to be able to extend our work in partnership with Alzheimer’s Scotland and NHS Lothian in such an innovative way.”

Dr Clafferty added: “This new development represents an important milestone in the development of collaborative community-based services.

“It will enable us to extend a range of consultation, support and advice services right into the heart of the Queensferry community.”

Further information is available by contacting Queensferry Care on 0131 331 5570 or drop into The Haven at 25B Burgess Road, South Queensferry, EH30 9JA.