Top award for Motherwell dementia cafe

The community mental health team (L-R) Liz Airns, Diane McGilvray, Alison Drinnan, Hazel Boyle and Agnes Leckie celebrate the Motherwell Dementia Cafe's excellence award
The community mental health team (L-R) Liz Airns, Diane McGilvray, Alison Drinnan, Hazel Boyle and Agnes Leckie celebrate the Motherwell Dementia Cafe's excellence award

A dementia cafe which meets at Motherwell Football Club has scooped a prestigious Practice for Excellence Award.

The cafe, run by NHS Lanarkshire, has been highly commended for its ongoing work and the support it offers to dementia sufferers.

The award has been made by the Mental Health Nursing Forum (Scotland) whose awards celebrate the success of mental health nurses in Scotland in relation to specific pieces of work that are driven and led by nurses.

It’s the second time that the cafe has achieved national recognition - two years ago it was named best dementia friendly community initiative at the first ever national dementia awards in 2012.

NHS Lanarkshire community nurse Hazel Boyle, who organises the cafe, said: “We are absolutely delighted that we have won this award and that the dementia cafe has been recognised in this way.

“We were always confident the cafe would be a success when we launched it and it would be well received by those with dementia and their families and carers.

“The numbers we get at the cafe every month have exceeded our expectations and we are proud to offer a great service like this for those in the community who feel like they need some extra support or further information about dementia.

“I would like to thank everyone involved who has helped make the Dementia Cafe a huge success.”

The cafe is for those worried about their memory or have a diagnosis of dementia and provides a space where they, their families and carers can gather, share their experiences and get some practical support in a friendly setting.

It meets in the Centenary Suite at Fir Park on the first Friday of every month.