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Café reopens for those in need

A CAFÉ that provides people with dementia and their caregivers a safe and comfortable space has reopened at the City of Glenorchy Golden Years Club on Thursday mornings.

The Golden Wattle Café was established on 16 January 2020 by Agnes Frith and some dedicated volunteers, and is the first of its kind in southern Tasmania.

It stopped in March due to COVID-19 restrictions, but has reopened with a COVID-19 plan in place.

“It’s a comfortable, safe environment where people can come without feeling stigmatised because there’s a lot of stigma around dementia,” Ms Frith said.

“Some people in the community live on their own and they don’t have anyone to talk with or go out to socialise with, so this is getting them out to socialise and making them feel comfortable.”

The food on offer includes donations from Banjos Café, such as party pies, sausage rolls, lamingtons, cakes and biscuits, and it costs $5 for morning tea.

The café also has music sessions where people can join in to sing along, as well as art and craft.

For more information or to reserve a spot on Thursday mornings from 10:30am to 12:30pm, visit https://www.goldenwattlecafe.com/.