A call has gone out for anyone who could help people with dementia or their carers.

It is hoped to make Downham Market a Dementia Friendly Community and the University of the Third Age (U3A) is taking the lead.

The Care in the Community Group of the Downham and District Branch of U3A is also appealing for people to join the steering committee.

The first meeting will be held on Thursday, March 19 at 10am at St Edmund’s Church Hall.

Jo Mountyjoy-Dixon, of Norfolk Age UK, has worked in a number of areas across the county to support the setting-up of the Dementia Friendly Communities.

The communities are based on inclusion, where the person with dementia can play an active role in their community.

“It is a community where people with dementia can find their way around and feel safe, access their local facilities and continue participating in social activities and clubs,” said a statement from the U3A.

Anyone wishing to attend the first meeting should let Richard Ehlers know on 01366 388830 by the end of Saturday, March 14.

* Meanwhile the next Dementia Cafe in King’s Lynn will be held on Thursday from 2pm to 4pm.

It will be held within the Bees Knees Cafe at the St Augustine’s Healthy Living Centre in North Lynn.

The dementia-friendly cafe runs on the third thursday of every month.

It is aimed at those living with dementia and their carers in a safe environment. The cafe started in January and has so far been going well.

Anyone wishing to help would also be welcome – including the offer of giving talks.

The project is run in partnership with adult care development worker Gemma Liczbinski.