Chair’s Annual Report: 2020-21

In September 2021 the Memory Cafe celebrated its 7th birthday.
In the annual report Janet Patrick highlighted what had been a challenging year.

This has been a difficult year because of the Pandemic, and sadly we have lost several members, yet we emerge and are encouraged by the continuing goodwill and fun surrounding the Memory Café now celebrating its seventh year, and we have welcomed new members.
During Lockdown we closed down but with help from Rosemary Carpenter, Julie Howson and Caroline Baker a small group was able to meet regularly in Middle Street garden in the summer.  We have all done our best, aided by Marie’s magnificent Bulletins sent every week, which made us laugh.  Karen Bennett has been at the heart of all our activities and in addition has helped replace lost volunteers with new ones. Becky Cook, our administrator, has kept us all informed, sending out the songs, Bulletins and other information. We could not have managed without her. The Middle Street Resource Centre has supported us and ensured we kept to all the rules.
Presently we have two groups meeting alternate weeks. Activities include: dancing with Doug, singing with Mary, the Ukulele Group and a film afternoon. After Christmas we hope to get back to normal.

The Memory Café was born out of a Borough Council Committee that I chaired. After seven years as Chair of the Trustees I am now retiring; Karen Bennett’s time as a trustee has come to an end and Justine Schneider has resigned. We thank them both for their invaluable support.
We are delighted to welcome three new trustees to the committee: Joan Kenyon, Elaine Nilan and Derek Burnett.
With support from Nottinghamshire County Council, Middle Street Resource Centre, volunteers and all of you who have been or are part of the Memory Café we have made a difference to those who live with dementia. I have enjoyed being part of this community and leave it in good heart.
It has been a privilege to be part of this community and I leave it in good health.
Thank you for all your support.       

Janet Patrick- October 2021

Previous annual reports are on the Downloads page.