Technology is enabling care services and Carers supporting people with mental health issues or dementia to access a new service to get help and support.
The ‘Redembedded’ video link, which is available to anyone attending the monthly ‘Approach’ Carers Cafes, gives carers the opportunity to talk face to face with specialists in benefits, dementia and mental health in other locations through a tablet computer.
The new technology is proving very popular and a great addition to the already very successful cafes that are available in the north of the county.
Anyone caring for an older person with dementia or a mental health issue can attend the informal cafes for free to meet other carers and gain support from professionals, while enjoying a cup of tea.
The Chief Executive of the Approach Cafes, Will Boyce, is passionate about supporting older people and their carers.
We help support a lot of people, and everyone comes for different things. Most come for a chat and a laugh, whilst others come to find out about local services, accessing benefits or to find out about the gadgets that can help them and the person they care for around the house with day to day tasks. The new ‘Redembedded’ service is also really popular and is a fantastic addition to the Cafes. People also come to pass on their knowledge and tips on how they manage, which is really valuable.
The Cafés operate throughout Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire between10.30am and 12.30pm:
- Bucknall Café The Marychurch Centre, 153 Werrington Road, Bucknall.
- Blurton Café – Weston Coyney Village Hall, Princess Drive, Weston Coyney.
- Newcastle Café – Silverdale Athletic FC Community Building, Sutton Avenue, Silverdale (from April).
- Biddulph Café – The Bateman Centre, St Johns Church, Tunstall Road, Knypersley.
- Cheadle Café – Guildhall, Tape St, Cheadle.
- Leek Café – Salvation Army Centre, Salisbury St, Leek.
- Kidsgrove Café – The Meadows Sheltered Housing Scheme, Meadow Road, Kidsgrove.
Just drop in. You are welcome to bring along the person you care for, and transport can be provided to the Newcastle, Biddulph and Cheadle Cafes. Just call 01782 214999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch the video to find out more about Approach or go to Staffordshire Cares to find out more about county wide support for carers and people with dementia.