Friday Friends Dementia Cafe

Aimed at people 55+ who would like to increase strength in the upper and lower body. We focus on stability exercises to improve overall balance, posture & gait.

Friendly community cafe for people living with dementia and their carers.

Come and join our community cafe for a social morning of tea, coffee & biscuits and an activity. Then stay for a two course hot lunch.

£2.50 per person for morning session £4.00 per person for 2 course lunch.

To book your place, please call Louise Bernard on 01473 345350 We look forward to seeing you!


We run the Cafe every Friday – or go to the ‘ActivHubs Events’ page to find out more.

A community led project, funded by the NWIBLT Senior Citizens Group in partnership with ActivLives

Our Staff

Louise Bernard

ActivLives ‘Friday Friends’ Coordinator

I left school after my A’Levels and worked in the City of London as a PA for 5 years.  I then went to University as a mature student and gained a First Class degree in Business  Studies, also qualifying as a Human Resources (HR) professional.  I then worked for the next 9 years in various human resources roles as a HR Manager, before having my twin children.  In 2001, I qualified as a vegetarian chef with a Cordon Vert Diploma from the Vegetarian Society and had my own cookery school for a short while.  During that time, I also gained a certificate in teaching adults. Since my children were born and moved to Suffolk, I have done various part-time and interesting roles, including being a Clerk to School Governing bodies, a Clerk to a local charity, working at Suffolk Libraries, a Marriage Registrar/Celebrant and as an HR Advisor to a number of Suffolk Schools.  I also support my husband in our own Consultancy business.  In the last few years, I also volunteered at the Waveney Foodbank setting up a distribution centre in my local area.  My interest in Dementia has come about as the result of personal experience.  I am very excited to be setting up and running a Cafe especially for people with dementia and their carers in NW Ipswich.  The cafe aims to support those people in the community at a time in their lives that can be very lonely and isolating. In my spare time I like to run (not very fast!), cook for my family and friends, spend time with my family (including my two cats) and last year I took up quilting as a hobby!


ActivLives is a local charity, which relies on grants, trusts, donations, fundraising activities, sponsorship & commissions to enable us to provide & develop our services across Ipswich & Suffolk.