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About Us

Downham Dementia is a charitable organisation founded in 2021 designed to help those living with dementia and their carers to live better lives through safe and supportive friendship.

We run four cafes each month, two in the morning and two in the afternoon. All our cafes are held in the Methodist Church premises in Paradise Road.We play games, have craft activities, invite complementary therapists and other agencies to support carers. We have regular outings and meals to celebrate Christmas and our Birthday which falls in October. We give practical and emotional support and advice.


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Joan Alfred 

Chairman and Trustee

My name is Joan and I am a retired teacher who has lived in Downham Market for 15 years.  I have been involved with Downham Dementia since the very beginning in 2014 and have been Chairman for most of that time.  My interest in dementia stems from caring for my Mum who lived with dementia for 14 years and supporting other family members who lived with the condition.
I am proud of what we have already achieved and so grateful to our team of dedicated volunteers for all that they do.  I am looking forward to the growth of our charity, to more community involvement and to providing more support for people living with dementia and their carers.

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Jacqueline Westrop


Hello my name is Jacqueline. I am a retired Probation Officer who has lived in the town for over 50 years. I have been involved with Downham Dementia almost from the start, and currently help with fundraising and grant writing along with running training courses around safeguarding etc for the volunteers  I have experience in the care and support of those with Dementia  and look forward to working with everyone in the coming years.

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Richard Ehlers


September 1934 - February 2023

Richard Ehlers was a respected and active member of the Downham Market community

who was responsible for many of the positive changes the town saw during his life time. Amongst which, was being one of a small group of people who founded Downham Dementia. He was Vice Chair and a committed volunteer supporting and encouraging his colleagues and service users to be the best version of themselves. He will be greatly missed.


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Janet Pike


My name is Janet Pike and I am a retired primary school teacher.  I live in West Lynn but found the Downham Dementia café about 5 years ago, when my husband was diagnosed with dementia. Here we discovered a place where friendship, understanding and support were so freely given by all involved. 
Even though my husband died 3 years ago, I continue to come to the café regularly as it became a big part of our lives and holds good memories for me. 
I am now pleased to be able to offer my time as a Trustee of the charity as it grows to provide support for more people, living with dementia,in the community.

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