Sheffield Unforgettable Me Memory Cafe brings the elderly community together in Parson Cross Forum, despite the difficulty in securing funding.

The cafe, run by Louise Ashmore and Louise Askew, has changed the lives of the elderly community in Parson Cross by providing a free social place for those who live with dementia, memory loss and loneliness. 

Ms Askew said that getting funding was no easy task.

“There is never any guarantee with anything. It has taken months of hard work to secure the funding for these much needed projects. Our members constantly tell us how much of a lifeline we are for them and that they wouldn’t know what they would do without us,” she said.

One of the members, Gorden Anderson, said the Unforgettable Me Memory Cafe has been his favourite place to visit after his wife Anne passed away.

Mr Anderson said: “My wife has dementia, that is the reason we came here and the support that cafe give us is really helpful.”

“We came here for ten months before she passed and she really enjoyed her time here. It’s great that we had place to dance. My wife and I never danced before coming to the cafe.”

John McCormick has been coming to Parson Cross Forum since May after retiring from University of Sheffield. “People here are really friendly. We have a lunch club and watch lots of shows,” he said.

Stevie Moore, who often comes to the cafe to perform said: “I love coming here with my mum. We’re delighted to interact with everyone. It just a really really nice place to come.”

Some of their other projects that are being funded include their late-stage dementia project, JABADAO, through the National Lottery Reaching Communities, as well as the Tuesday Memory Cafe, through the People Keeping Well in their Community Southey Owlerton Partnership.

If you’d like to participate in any of the activities, drop by Parson Cross Forum at 56 Margetson Crescent, Sheffield, S5 9NB. You can also reach them on 01143279727 or via email louisec@pxforum.org.