On Monday 26 January, Sue Ryder officially launched Café Neuro in Ipswich – a new concept which aims to offer even more support to individuals with long term neurological conditions, and their carers, living in and across Suffolk and East Anglia.
Jo Marshall, Centre Director at Sue Ryder – The Chantry, says: “We are proud to have opened Sue Ryder’s first ever café specialising in neurological support. We have seen firsthand at The Chantry, through our Synergy Cafés across Suffolk (dementia cafés) and our work in the community, just how much value this type of service can add and how much it can improve the quality of life for those affected and their carers.
“Isolation and fear are common emotions felt by those living with a long term neurological condition and we aim to offer these individuals the support and advice to help ease this. We want peers to build long lasting friendships and create a real sense of community, where people can learn from each other and learn even more about themselves.”
Café Neuro welcomes individuals with conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Huntington disease, motor neurone disease and stroke, the opportunity to come together, share and learn from common experiences and discover even more information from other local support organisations.
With a capacity for 40 people, Café Neuro is open to anyone in the local community with a neurological condition, along with their carers, to attend.
Individuals can come along free of charge for a morning, afternoon or all day session and enjoy spending time in a relaxed and supportive environment:
– Receive education, information and practical advice about neurological conditions
– A safe, accessible environment to unwind and meet new friends
– Take part in a range of enjoyable activities
– Lunch and refreshments on sale
– Free on-site parking
– All members of the community aged 18 and over welcome
Ian Cox, 54, has Multiple Sclerosis and has previous experience of Sue Ryder’s incredible care through the 5’rs programme. He attended Café Neuro for the first time yesterday and comments: “It was a phenomenal experience. You’ve got to give it a try because after all, nothing ventured, nothing gained. To say thank you to Sue Ryder for all of the neurological support that they offer, isn’t enough.”
Sue Ryder was able to open Café Neuro thanks to funding from the East of England Co-op, as part of its Living Well Project, which is aimed at supporting those living with multiple sclerosis, stroke survivors and others with long term and neurological conditions in Suffolk and Essex.
Minnie Moll, Executive Officer – Membership, Marketing and Media, at the East of England Co-op, comments: “We are delighted to be working with Sue Ryder – The Chantry and to have been a part of the creation of this fantastic new service. Our stores are at the heart of communities across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex and, for over 140 years, have been supporting local communities and the key issues that affect us all.
“Health care is not just an issue for the health sector – we want our employees and customers to get the best out of life too. By bringing the retail and health sector together we hope to build healthier, more resilient communities and enable people to live fuller lives.”
For more information about Café Neuro or any other services that Sue Ryder – The Chantry offers, please call: 01473 295 200, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sueryder.org/cafeneuro.
Café Neuro is open every Monday from 10am until 2pm.
East of England Co-op Education Centre,
11 Fore Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1JW. (Sat Nav: IP4 1JG)