A new memory café has opened in Bolton to help support people with dementia and their carers across the borough.

Bolton Hospice launched the new support session at its Wellbeing Hub, taking place on the fourth Friday of every month.

The first Wellbeing Hub Memory Café session took place on Friday, February 23, and is open to anyone living in Bolton with dementia.

The sessions  provide opportunities for people to enjoy activities, games, and good company, as well as the chance for carers to learn more about the help and support that is available.

Attendees do not have to be an existing Bolton Hospice patient.

A spokesperson for Bolton Hospice said: “Our Wellbeing Hub team has linked in with other community groups to complement the support and resources that are already in place and to help introduce palliative care support earlier on in the progression of their condition.

“The café is open to anyone in Bolton living with dementia and their carers. It is based at the Wellbeing Hub, which is next to the main Bolton Hospice building.

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“The brand-new support session at our Wellbeing Hub, is taking place on the fourth Friday of every month.

“The Wellbeing Hub Memory Café is a new group, open to anyone in Bolton living with dementia, and their carers.

“You don't have to be an existing Bolton Hospice patient to come along; we'd love to welcome some new faces!”

The sessions will run every fourth Friday of each month running from 1.30pm to 3pm.

Back in July last year, The Bolton News launches a £100k fundraiser to Save Bolton Hospice.

Bolton Hospice is a cherished institution that has helped thousands of people for more than 30 years. They are an independent charity; their services are free and they help take some of the strain faced by the NHS. However, the vital services the staff at Bolton Hospice provide are under threat.

In June it was revealed the much-loved Chorley New Road site is running at a £1.2 million loss and could be forced to cut nearly a third of its beds. The hospice has always relied on people’s generosity - but its need is greater now than ever.

If you would like to donate to the fundraiser, go to: https://www.gofundme.com/f/Bolton-News-Bolton-Hospice-appeal

For more information about the Wellbeing Hub at Bolton Hospice, go to: https://www.boltonhospice.org.uk/wellbeing-hub

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