Drivers needed for Memory Café

Volunteer drivers are needed to transport people to a Memory Café once a month.

After hearing of the difficulties with community transport to the Kinmel Bay service, Pastor Ben of Kinmel Bay Church is getting behind the Dementia Friendly Communities and has allowed the use of the church's 14 seater minibus to transport people to and from the Memory Café, which is hosted by Home Instead Social Care at Kinmel Bay Library.

Clwyd West AM Darren Millar has welcomed the news, but is calling on people to volunteer to drive the minibus.

He said:

“It is fantastic news that Kinmel Bay Church has made this minibus available to transport people to and from the Memory Café, but drivers are needed  to operate the service.

“The Memory Café runs on the last Monday of every month at 2pm, so the drivers would be required for a few hours at this time.

“Home Instead Social Care would like to hear from any who has D1 on their license who feels they might be able to help. People who took their driving test after January 1997 will not have been granted the D1 licence, and will therefore have to take a separate D1 test to get the D1 minibus licence.”

Lucie Williams, Community Relations and Recruitment Manager Home Instead Senior Care Conwy and Denbighshire said:

“We would like to thank Pastor Ben for kindly allowing us the use of this minibus. Transport to the Café is a problem for some people and I am therefore pleased that for a small fee to cover fuel cost for using the vehicle, we will be able to get people  to the Café who may not otherwise have been able to access the service.”

Pastor Ben added:

“The Dementia Café is an excellent facility in our community and I am pleased that the Church has been able to assist in making it more accessible.”

Kinmel Bay Memory Café is for people with memory problems, their carers, family and friends. It’s a chance for like-minded people to socialise, have a cup of tea and enjoy some stimulating activities.

Any willing volunteer drivers should contact Lucie on 01745 772154