Dementia Australia, in collaboration with Lifeview and the Victorian Pride Centre, has unveiled an innovative new program that establishes a groundbreaking café called the Memory Lane Café – Victorian Pride Centre. This initiative aims to create a safe, engaging, and inclusive space for people from LGBTIQ+ communities who are living with dementia, along with their carers.
A Welcoming Café Experience
The Memory Lane Café will function as a pop-up café, offering a place where participants can interact socially while enjoying refreshments and entertainment. This is a welcome departure from traditional social environments that can often be challenging for those living with dementia.
Ita Buttrose AC OBE, the National Patron of Dementia Australia, has praised the Memory Lane Café for its welcoming, relaxing, and fun ambiance, emphasizing its role in building meaningful connections within the community.
“Creating safe and inclusive social environments is tremendously important for all people impacted by dementia,” she affirmed, adding that the contribution of Lifeview and the Victorian Pride Centre to this initiative is invaluable.
Addressing the Needs of the Community
The Memory Lane Café reflects the growing recognition of the unique challenges faced by LGBTIQ+ individuals living with dementia. It highlights the importance of dedicated, safe spaces run by organizations like Dementia Australia, and supported generously by Lifeview and the Victorian Pride Centre.
A Vision Coming to Life
Samantha Jewell, CEO of Lifeview, expressed her excitement about the initiative, describing it as a long-held vision. As a Founding Major Partner of Pride Centre and a Rainbow Tick accredited provider of residential aged care, Lifeview is thrilled to see this vision realized.
Bridging Social Isolation
The Memory Lane Café will address the prevalent issues of social isolation and stigma that impact those living with dementia. With the collective support of Dementia Australia, Lifeview, and the Victorian Pride Centre, this café will not only enhance accessibility but also bridge the gap of social isolation within LGBTIQ+ communities.
How to Attend
The Memory Lane Café – Victorian Pride Centre will commence in September, and it’s free to attend, but bookings are essential. Interested individuals can call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register or find out more.
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The launch of Memory Lane Café – Victorian Pride Centre is a significant step forward in providing a welcoming and inclusive space for LGBTIQ+ individuals living with dementia and their carers. It stands as a testament to the collaboration, vision, and dedication of Dementia Australia, Lifeview, and the Victorian Pride Centre. Together, they are creating more than a café; they are building a community where everyone is welcome, understood, and supported.