Ellie Robinson-Carter, a student of Falmouth’s MA Illustration won The Andy Hocking Award for Outstanding Contribution to Community Engagement at the FXU awards on Monday evening for her role in founding and running the Penryn Memory Café. Ellie was presented the award by John Dukes, Police Representative for Falmouth University and the University of Exeter.
Ellie, a qualified dementia champion, supported by a small committee of volunteers, set up the Penryn Memory Café which launched back in September 2015. Ellie continues to manage all aspects of the Memory Café from organising and leading activities at the fortnightly meets, to managing and recruiting new volunteers, maintaining and making new links with other community groups, attendance at local events to raise awareness of the Café and holding the monthly committee meetings.
The Memory Café welcomes those living with dementia and their carers to meet for activities, refreshments, to talk about their life stories and to help them meet new people and build relationships. Since launching, the project has attracted a number of different society groups, creating a very important and diverse link with the local community which has rarely been seen before. The Café meets on a regular basis every first and third Thursday of the month at the Penryn Temperance Hall.
If you would like to find out more about the Memory Café, you can email Ellie at: Erobinsoncarter78@googlemail.com.