September 2021

Dementia Café Returns To Wyvern Theatre
The easing of government restrictions means the welcome return of the town’s theatres, bringing a variety of shows and events back to our social calendars. Now locals can get their fix of comedy, drama, music and more.

Further, the re-opening of the Wyvern Theatre also means the return of the theatre’s community projects. Such projects as the popular and much-needed Wyvern memory café.

Dementia Café Returns To Wyvern Theatre

Since 2014

Set up in 2014, the Wyvern memory café offers a relaxed monthly get-together for those living with dementia. It’s also of huge service to their carers, friends and family. Sponsored by Home Instead, the service is completely free to attend and has previously entertained visitors with such activities as quizzes, therapy pets, cheese tasting and cupcake decorating, as well as the extra special Christmas sessions known for their festive fun (and food!).

The memory café returns on Monday 4th October from 10.30am – 12 noon. It will take place in the lower foyer of the Wyvern Theatre, allowing access through the venue’s accessible entrance.

‘We’re thrilled to bring the monthly memory café back to the Wyvern Theatre,” tells Community and Education Officer, Kate Claxton. ‘It’s been fantastic opening our doors to our audiences once more. But we’ve also missed the regular sense of community and wellbeing that services like our memory café offered, before lockdowns and social distancing restrictions. Our first session back will give us a gentle ease in. We’ll have a quiz, cake and plenty of chatter as we reacquaint ourselves with familiar faces and welcome anyone new to the fold.’

The supporting act

With support from the Swindon Dementia Action Alliance and sponsorship from Home Instead, the memory café will offer guests the opportunity to enjoy activities such as flower arranging, poetry, music and movement. All in a dementia supportive environment. ‘We’re thrilled that the memory café at the Wyvern Theatre is recommencing physically’ explains Home Instead’s Toby Kirk. ‘It was always very well attended and formed a key engagement in people’s calendars each month. Over the past year it’s become ever clearer that the get-togethers and cafés matter to the local community.

This has been a year where people haven’t been able to get out to see friends and family as much as they would wish. So it thrills us to help the Wyvern Theatre bring the community back together with monthly cafés jam-packed with entertainment. We can’t wait to get back!’

If you would like to find out more about the Wyvern Memory Café or register your or a friend/family member’s place at a session, you can email Kate Claxton at

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