Launch of Omagh Dementia Café


Launch of Omagh Dementia Café

People with dementia are benefitting from a new café venture in Omagh supported by the Western Health and Social Care Trust and the Alzheimer’s Society. Omagh Dementia Café is based in the Strule Arts Centre.


Speaking at the launch of the café, Western Trust Director of Primary Care and Older People’s Services Alan Corry-Finn said: “The Western Trust believes that the dementia café model will improve the quality of life for both the people with dementia and their carers. The development of a dementia café in Omagh is a very positive step in supporting people with dementia and their families. The Trust has entered into a partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society for the delivery of this service. This new service in Omagh is the first of its kind in the Western Trust area and I hope will lead the way for future day care design.


“The Alzheimer’s Society will run the café and seek appropriate referrals of people with dementia from within the Omagh area. The café will provide support for approximately 10 clients and their carers each week for 48 weeks of the year. The services will be flexible, sensitive and acceptable to each individual client, his/her family or carer. The emphasis will be to support clients’ existing skills and the development of new ones.” 


Deirdre Blakely, acting director of the Alzheimer's Society said: "This dementia café is a ground-breaking collaboration between the Western Health and Social Care Trust and the Alzheimer's Society.  It is a service that provides people with dementia and their families with a vital source of information and support as well as the opportunity to take part in enjoyable activities in a relaxed, social setting.  People with dementia want to be part of their communities and Strule Arts Centre, which hosts the dementia café, couldn't be more central.  The Western Trust has taken a courageous step in funding this service, which is run by the Alzheimer's Society, and when its value to people living with dementia becomes ever clearer, we hope it will be the first of many dementia cafés."


Alan Corry-Finn paid particular thanks to Danny McQuillan, Yvonne Gibson and Bernadine McCrory from the Alzheimer’s Society and Jo Devlin, Day Care Manager, Western Trust, and the families, clients and carers for their input.  He thanked the Alzheimer’s Society for their contribution to date and wished them and those people who will use the service every success with the venture.