Horfield Friends Cafe

September 28 2018

A new weekly cafe will be opening at Horfield Quaker Meeting House, 300 Gloucester Road, from 5 October.

Horfield Friends Cafe are hoping to attract older people who are living with memory problems – and their carers – in or around the Bishopston and Horfield neighbourhood. These afternoons will provide companionship, refreshments, games, songs and occasional speakers and entertainers.

Cafe Coordinator, Eddy Knasel says: “Members of Horfield Quaker Meeting have been preparing this project since last autumn. We wanted to do something ourselves that would benefit the older people living in our neighbourhood. Some of us had experience of ‘Memory Cafés’ in Bristol and in other parts of the country. These are social gatherings where older people can make new friends and keep their minds active. But we noticed there was nothing like this close to our part of the Gloucester Road. We decided to fill this gap by providing something at the Meeting House that would operate at the same time and day every week.”

Horfield Friends Café will be open every Friday afternoon from 2.00-4.00pm. There will be drinks and cakes, lots of activities, outside speakers and entertainment together with information and advice. Above all, the cafe will be fun, a great chance to get out of your home, meet people and make friends. There is no charge, although donations to help with running costs are welcome. 

The invitation is to turn up on the afternoon, there are no age limits and guests do not need to have been recommended by their GP. A team of volunteers – ‘café friends’ – will be on hand to give visitors a warm welcome, serve refreshments and generally join in the fun. They are all trained as Dementia Friends and will be ready and able to make sure that the afternoon goes well. 

Anyone who would like to know more about the cafe can ring Judi on 0117 942 9142, or just turn up on the day.