The Forget-Me-Not Club offers a place to eat, chat and laugh
EVERY month the Forget-Me-Not Club books out St Luke's Anglican Church and throws an afternoon tea.
The gathering, usually attended by about 30 people, is complete with music, games, delicious treats, coffee, tea and non stop chatter.
It is organised through Care Beyond Measure and Alzheimer's Australia's Victoria branch, and aims to bring together people from the local community who live with dementia.
It has been 12 months since the club held its first afternoon tea and Care Beyond Measure managing director Sam Tayeh said the birthday was something to celebrate.
"The afternoon teas have been fantastic- the response we have got has been terrific," he said.
"The events give people a chance to socialise and to interact with other people who also have dementia.
"We like them to share stories and have a laugh, there is always a fun activity whether it be bingo or dancing."
We like them to share stories and have a laugh
Mr Tayeh said while the events were a chance for people with dementia to learn, they also provided an opportunity for trainees to get on-the-job experience.
He said the events were organised by staff in training.
"The staff are required to organise the entire events," he said.
"From the food, to the music, the activities, to letting people know it's on- everything is up to them."
Mr Tayeh said Care Beyond Measure aimed to improve the recognition of employees in the aged care sector by providing them with training to develop specialised skills.
"We want out carers to see themselves as professionals and the rest of the community to see them like this as well," he said.
Support staff trainee Chris Nebenfuehr said the monthly gatherings were a great chance to work with people who live with dementia.
He said it was his first time organising an afternoon tea.
"It is good to learn how to interact and communicate with elderly people living with dementia," he said.
"We tried to add a bit of fun to it.
"The people here really look forward to it so we try to make sure they have a good time."
Mr Nebenfuehr said the Forget-Me-Not Club was open to anyone wishing to attend.
He said it takes place on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 2pm till 4pm.
For further information contact Care Beyond Measure on 5444 5662.
For a gallery of photos from the event on September 25 visit www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au