A new dining club has been set up in Salford to provide a way for people living with early onset dementia to take part in a social activity that will help improve their self-esteem and meet people in a similar situation.
The first dining club meeting took place on Wednesday 1 June and from now on will be held on the first Wednesday of every month at venues throughout Salford.
The hope is the dining club will bring people with early onset dementia together and establish a supportive network that will meet monthly in different restaurants of the clubs choosing across Salford.
“Being diagnosed with dementia doesn’t mean you have to stop doing the things you love and trying new things. Keeping an active social life is key to helping someone living with dementia feel happy and motivated.
“Many people living with early onset dementia are still in full time employment. This often means that they miss out on support, which is only available during core working hours. Our new Dining Club will provide a valuable social activity, which we all take for granted, as well as support and information outside of normal working hours to help those living with the condition.”
Dementia Quality Lead GMW NHS Foundation Trust
It is estimated that there are now 42,325 people who have been diagnosed with early onset dementia (under the age of 65 years) in the UK. (Ref Dementia UK, 2nd edition 2014, Alzheimer’s Society).
They represent around 5% of the 850,000 people with dementia, and are more likely to:
be in work at the time of diagnosis
have a partner who still works
have dependent children
have older parents to care for
have heavy financial commitments, such as a mortgage
be more physically fit and active
have a rarer and genetic form of dementia.
Salford's Dining club will form part of the Open Doors Project run by Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMW). The project aims to create a more dementia friendly city.
The Dining Club will raise awareness of dementia within Salford and help the venues it visits become more dementia friendly by providing them with Dementia Friends training.
The club will be facilitated by a member of staff living with early onset dementia as well as experienced staff with a background in dementia care.
After that, the club will meet from 6-8pm on the first Wednesday of the month with the next venue being chosen collectively by the group.
For more information click here to visit the Dining Club's page
on GMW NHS Foundation Trust's website.
If you'd like to attend the Dining Club, or host one of its meetings:
telephone 0161 701 1071
or email firstname.lastname@example.org