Friday Friends Dementia Cafe

Friendly community cafe for people living with Dementia and their Carers.

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.