"Memory Matters" Receive Enterprise Funding

Memory Matters South West CIC has been awarded £80,000 to develop a ‘dementia hub’ in the city centre.

Plymouth City Council is giving £420,000 to support social enterprise in the city, which the council was awarded through the Social Enterprise Investment Fund.

One of the key recipients is Memory Matters South West CIC investment, who have been awarded £80,000 to develop a ‘dementia hub’ in the city centre.

Around 150 people with dementia and their carers have been involved in drawing up ideas for the centre which will be a place where people can pop in to feel at ease and socialise as well as receive advice, information and take part in activities. The project plans to set up a ‘nostalgia café’ for all to reminisce back to the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s. It will be a place where people can receive training as be a centre for visiting therapists and organisations.

Director Kate Smith speaking to the Plymouth Evening Herald said: “We are delighted to be able to have this opportunity to build this cafe and hub in Plymouth". “It is important that we could speak to potential users and get them to guide us in our plan, so that they are at the very heart of it. We needed to make it a place that’s friendly and not clinical. This fund will help us build and kit the building out.”