Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps has shown his support for the Dementia Friendly Community Café in Welwyn Garden City.

The café, which is run by local at-home care company Home Instead Senior Care, takes place every third Thursday of the month at Our Lady’s Family Centre, 141 Woodhall Lane, in Welwyn Garden City.

Grant visited the offices of Home Instead Senior Care and met with the owner of the care company, Heather Simms, and her caring team to discuss their mission of changing the face of ageing in the Welwyn and Hatfield area.

The Dementia Café was set up last November by Jane Andrews from Home Instead, with the support of Shelley Jackson, Blueberry Hill Care, and has been well supported by the local community.

Grant said: “It’s fantastic to see a new community café set up in WGC, which is specifically for local people affected by dementia. Initiatives such as this are hugely valued by the community, and I encourage everyone to get involved with the café.”

Heather Simms, owner of Home Instead, said “We would like to thank Grant for spending time with us and sharing ideas about raising awareness of dementia in the local community.

“The purpose of the community café is to provide a safe and welcoming place for local people, who have been affected by memory loss, Alzheimer’s and other types of Dementia.”

The next café will be held on the 18th January between 10.00am – 2.00pm at Our Lady’s Family Centre and all are welcome to attend.