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Alejandra Moya from San Jose, Costa Rica:
Great website! You are doing an absolutely great job, hopefully one day we can have Silverline Memories in America.
Ben Legge from London:
Good, clear site with some great ideas behind it! It'll be really interesting to see how the project develops.
Paul Robinson from Durham:
Great idea , as you get older the past becomes a bigger part of your life so must stimulate your brain after all it's called History ,as Churchill said "History shall prove I was right for I will write the history "
Terry Hetherington from Gateshead:
I think this is a great service, I work in care & the more there is to support families with relatives who have Dementia the better life will be for them all. Great website too, easy to find info & support. Keep it going!
Pauline Watson from Newcastle upon Tyne:
Sandra you are doing a good job, I look forward to helping you out again at Brunton Park. I like the site it is good.
Susan Carr from Newcastle upon Tyne:
Web site epitomises all the qualities of the Dementia Cafe - bright, cheerful, and very user friendly!
Alison Lawton wrote:
I have to say, as I work in a care home near where Sandra runs her Dementia Cafe's, I have taken my residents to a number of her cafe's and my ladies thoroughly enjoy it. Sandra is open, friendly, professional, caring and basically does an amazing job. Its hard enough providing a service to people when you know them but to keep the momentum and interest going for those you don't is fantastic. Well done Sandra. xx
Margaret Piggott from Newcastle upon Tyne:
Dementia Research in the NHS. I visited the dementia cafe at St Aidan's church in November 2014 to let people know about getting involved in research. What a welcoming and friendly group! People were interested in research going on locally. Several asked to join the Case Register of patients willing to consider taking part in a research study. Some people joined the controls volunteers list to help with research. There was interest in the Patient and Public Involvement Panel for dementia research. I hope to visit these lovely people again next year.
Bob Nelson from Newcastle upon Tyne:
This is an excellent start for a 'simple to use' website and has given many people direction in the 'maze of the care sector'. I will refer this site to our clients and whom we support living with dementia as well as our staff team as an extra resource to become involved and improve many communities in our area. Well done
Michelle Musgrove from Gateshead:
Thextonius from Newcastle upon Tyne:
After endeavouring to care alone for my wife, an Alzheimer’s sufferer since 2003, my recent introduction to Silverline Memories’ weekly ‘Dementia café’ has been a revelation! The limited amount of guidance that had been available had induced a sense of isolation, which was immediately dispelled by the warm and welcoming greeting from the experienced team of enthusiastic volunteers, we received on our first visit It was wonderful to find that such friendly support is available, and that I am not alone in having to learn by trial and error how to cope with this increasingly common and distressing aspect of ageing. The ‘careee’ is also given the opportunity to socialize with people away from their home-environment, and participate in group activities that can stir parts of their mind, now becoming more dormant. It is reassuring to find that this supportive source of help is widening its scope to draw fellow ‘carers’ together, with innovative ways of making help more available. The weekly ‘Dementia-Café’; the new weekly ‘Day Club’; the monthly ‘Tea-dances’ and the soon-to-start weekly ‘Support Group/Dementia-Café’, offer companionship, friendship and a chance for ‘carers’ and their ‘carees’ to relax with people who ‘understand’ and to learn from each other’s experiences. ‘Well done…and a big ‘thank you’, to all the valuable Yellow-topped volunteers who give up their time to benefit others at what ought to have been an enjoyable time of life. Thextonius
Kuba from Kraków:
Nice website! very user friendly!
Harley from Newcastle Upon Tyne:
Silverline Memories is a group full of lovely, caring people! They also offer amazing services for carers who need advice on how to help their loved ones!
Juley Hickman from Newcastle upon Tyne:
I cannot recommend Silverline memories enough. My Mother in Law has had some lovely trips out with them, most recently to Alnwick Gardens. She loves the Friday group, has lots of great laughs and Sandra and all the other wonderful volunteers are just fantastic. Thank you all 🙂
Marks and Spencer’s from Newcastle:
Wonderful to meet Sandra and her team of volunteers. Really looking forward to helping them transform their Dementia Garden as part of M&S Spark Something Good on Wednesday 20th July 2016!
Gillian Robson from Newcastle:
Silverline Memories provide invaluable support to me and my family and are now great friends. Looking forward to another great year of activities in 2017
Lynda Smoult from Newcastle upon Tyne:
Sandra and her volunteers do a fantastic job. I go along to the Monday Dementia cafes with my husband who was diagnosed with Dementia in 2016 where she offers a good variety of activities. We also go along to the monthly tea dances on a Tuesday. It is also lovely to see the Silverline volunteers and their cheery smiles. Well done Sandra and team.
Pauline Watson from Newcastle on Tyne:
I am still a Volunteer three years on. Still loving what I do, and seeing the friendships that arise from our Cafes. We have had lots of laughter and fun, and we are going from strength to strength. We have a lovely full year ahead of us and am really looking forward to it.