Originally an Archbishop's palace, the house passed through royal hands to the Sackville family, Knole's inhabitants from 1603 to today. Website
Forget-Me-Not Cafés provide support and companionship to those who are recognising issues with their memory or cognition as well as their carers, family and friends.
The Forget-Me-Not Cafés opened in September 2015 to provide local support for those living with dementia or memory/cognition issues, through open, free, cafés.
The Cafés run for a 1.5 or 2-hour session once a month, planned so that the Cafés are open in different weeks of the month – therefore people can attend more than one Café. Nobody requires to have a diagnosis nor are required to declare they have memory or cognition issues – all are welcome and choose how to identify themselves within the group.
There is a programme of activities run in the Cafés to engage and stimulate attendees, whilst offering some much needed ‘time-out’ to loved ones and carers with facilitated discussion and information. Every Café provides information on dementia and services and support for carers.
The Cafés aim to integrate people living with dementia or memory/cognition issues into their communities. The activities are drawn from the local communities and those attending the Cafés are encouraged to consider joining in the groups and activities outside of the Cafés. In return, the activities’ organisers and presenters learn about living with dementia and memory issues from the attendees.
Activities are driven by attendees’ wishes and are not dementia specific and have included local school and Church choirs singing, quizzes, talks from organisations offering services and support, percussion sessions, reminiscence activities, exercises, library services, Tai Chi and craft activities.
The Cafés are run on small grants and donations with volunteers and partners: Home Instead Senior Care, Westerham Town Council, The Good Care Group, Kent Community Wardens, National Trust Knole, St John's Church Hildenborough, Rivermere Care Home Chipstead, along with Sevenoaks Area DFC and Tonbridge DFC.
Sevenoaks Area: Dementia Friendly Community Forum is a multi agency and local person forum working together to make the Sevenoaks area more dementia friendly.
The hall facilities are located in Foxbush next to the Church and has fully accessible facilities for the hall users.
Avery Healthcare operates residential, dementia and nursing care homes throughout the UK, with a focus on the highest possible standards of living for our residents and peace of mind for family and friends alike. Website.
Westerham Town Council are members of the Sevenoaks Area Dementia Friendly Community Forum and Town Clerk, Angela Howells, co-ordinates the Westerham Cafés with support from Community Warden Steve Grange.
Tonbridge Dementia Friendly Community (Tonbridge DFC) is a community group made up of local residents, business representatives and volunteers who focus on work in the Tonbridge area to improve the lives locally for residents living with dementia. Website.
Symone Salwan, a resident of Edenbridge and Director at Home Instead Senior Care providing specialist support to help people with dementia live well and as independently as possible in their local communities.
Symone offers training to organisations, services and families to help them understand dementia and how to best support someone with dementia through the various stages of the disease.
Symone is Chair of the West Kent Dementia Action Alliance and Co-Chair of Sevenoaks Area Dementia Friendly Community Forum and Vice Chair of Tonbridge Dementia Friendly Community.
Elaine Murray-Ferris lives in Sevenoaks and is Area Director (Kent) at The Good Care Group, providing specialist 24-hour live-in care to individuals, couples and families living with dementia. We enable clients to remain at home in familiar surroundings with the support they need. Elaine is Co-Chair of the Sevenoaks Area Dementia Friendly Community Forum and also chairs the Independent Police Advisory Group for the Sevenoaks District.