About

Supporting people to live well with dementia

Dementia consultancy
therapy and training

Founded in 2010 by two nurses, Memory Matters SW CIC is a Community Interest Company designed to support those living with dementia. The team create services in the local community based on the needs of those living with dementia and their families.

Memory Matters enjoy sharing what they do through training and collaborating with local and national organisations for the good of those who need support. The social enterprise also run a city centre cafe in Plymouth, called Moments Cafe and Community Hub. All the profits made from the cafe go back into helping support Memory Matters.

WHO ARE WE?

In 2010, two nurses – Laura Walker and Kate Smith set up Memory Matters; a not for profit organisation to help change the face of dementia support in our community. Our organisation started because both women were frustrated with the lack of support provided for people living with dementia, as well as their carers.

Kate and Laura’s intention has always been to provide meaningful services that respond to the needs expressed by people living with dementia. They believe that although a diagnosis of dementia is in no doubt devastating, that access to compassionate support, therapies and peer led activities enable people to live well. As one happy beneficiary described it “Dementia doesn’t have to mean ‘the end’, it’s just a different chapter.”

In March 2017, the duo opened Moments Café in Plymouth City Centre, with a trip down memory lane for most, and a calming, friendly atmosphere for all. All profits from the café help to sustain Memory Matters, enabling us to provide support for people living with dementia, as well as offering free services in our Community Hub upstairs.

OUR ETHOS?

All humans have an in-built desire to engage in activity and occupation. This doesn’t change with a diagnosis of dementia but the symptoms create real challenges.

Memory Matters aim to support people to live well with dementia through engagement in meaningful activity and occupation informed by gaining an understanding of who people are, what is important to them and how they like to spend their time.

Learning

Memory Matters’ courses are energetic, interactive and enjoyable and will increase staff’s understanding of the key concepts of person-centred care. The positive learning experience we provide will enthuse your staff and engage them in understanding the needs and experience of…

TESTIMONIAL

"I cannot express how wonderful I found the whole experience I felt understood, reassured comforted, inspired and came away with a wealth of information. We truly bless the day we found Memory Matters."
Mr. Emmett, Saltash