A Cardiff-based support group, that offers support to dementia suffers in the community, has received a donation of £1000 from the South Wales Freemasons.
The ‘forget-me-not café’ community project is located St Edward’s Church in the Penylan area of the City and meets every Tuesday. It provides a friendly and welcoming environment for people with memory problems, people recovering from strokes, and people who feel vulnerable and isolated.
St Edward’s Church itself has been a thriving centre of worship for over 100 years, and throughout that time, the building and facilities have been continuously developed and adapted for the changing needs of the local community.
Kathie Mayer, St Edward’s church sub-warden and team leader of the forget-me-not café said: “Since the St Edward’s music and arts centre was established in the church in 2009, there has been a large increase in demand for the use of both the church and accompanying buildings for meetings, rehearsals, exhibitions and concerts, as well as daily church services and community projects such as the forget-me-not café.”
She went on to say, “we are now in a situation where we require much-needed funding to upgrade our facilities, to cater for the increasing number of people who enjoy the support of the group. This is why we unashamedly approached the south Wales Freemasons to see if they could help, and we were so glad that they could!”.
Robert Payne of the South Wales Freemasons explained: “As more and more people appear to be using the church buildings, it is clear that some of the facilities are inadequate and some funding is required to enable an upgrade. We are delighted to able to help support the forget-me-not café, which provides a valuable service to our community.”