From 17 December, in line with the aims as an organisation, they will be launching The Memory Lane Happy Cafes in various locations across the Algarve.

Memory Cafes are wonderfully welcoming places where people can feel comfortable and safe without being judged by others because of their condition. It is also a place where people can come to make friends and feel a part of the community again. Importantly, Carers, family members and friends can source information advice and support as well as share their story with other people going through a similar experience.

The Happy Cafes will provide a way to enjoy activities with people experiencing a Dementia journey as a break from the normal routine. Family, friends and their loved ones can socialise, listen to music, play games, and enjoy other appropriate activities and entertainment during the event. The cafes provide a place of mutual support where they can exchange information to help each other.

The association will be kicking things off with a festive bang at the Community Hall behind the Guia Football Clube Snack Bar in Guia. This is a FREE event and everyone is invited along to come and enjoy some tea, coffee or mulled wine, spiced orange juice and a few sweet Christmas nibbles while listening to a small presentation about Memory Lane and plans to expand the cafes in the 2020. There will also be Christmas carol singing with the Guia Ladies Choir Group and some other festive surprises for guests to enjoy.