Seaton Area Branch News

Recent  Activities and Reports

Seaton Stroke Group
Seaton Area Branch supports the Seaton Stroke Group. The main aim of the group is “peer support” and, although the numbers are small, there is always something that comes from each of the monthly coffee mornings to benefit someone in the group.  HEADS UP SESSIONS (for stroke survivors and people with head traumas).  Sessions are now held at “No. 1” in Harepath Road, Seaton, on the second Monday of each month.  Contact Tina Trapani on 01297 21788 or email

Wednesday 30th March 2016 
Talk by Terry Grimsley from Seaton Visually Impaired Group. 

Seaton Area Branch Brochure  Devon Senior Voice Seaton Area Brochure 2016 to 2017

News Seaton Members 1/2016   Info and Action for Seaton Members 1 2016

Seaton’s Outdoor Gym
One of our Executive members first saw an outdoor gym installed at Brighton and thought it an excellent idea for Seaton.  Seaton and Area Senior Council for Devon persisted that it should be considered further.  We were involved at all stages from being part of the working party to being present on the day of the voting to answer questions from voters.  Our Chairman Roger Trapani suggested to site the equipment in its location. Quoting from This is the Westcountry UK:

“A voting event was held by East Devon District Council and Seaton Town Council for people in Seaton to choose their new free to use outdoor gym for Seafield Gardens.The turnout was impressive, despite the rainy weather, with 187 people of all ages voting for which of the three options they preferred. The winner with 61% of all votes was option B, a design from Fresh Air Fitness which up to 21 people can use at once. The district council will now contact the company who submitted the successful design and work with them to get the gym installed.

Cllr Stephanie Jones, said: “I want to say a very big thank you to everyone that took the time to come and vote. I’m really pleased that people in the town have had the opportunity to decide how the area will look.”

Second Seaton and Area Magic  Moments memory café

This was held on 24th June and was another great success attracting some new members. Magic Moments Memory Café is for dementia sufferers and their carers.

A community psychiatric nurse will usually be in attendance, providing advice, support and informal counselling.  Memory cafes provide carers with peer support and help dementia sufferers to be taken into the care system as early as possible. They offer a relaxing opportunity for people to meet, share experiences and gather information to help them and their families.

“It’s marvellous to watch the memories of a dementia sufferer being triggered…and the benefits for a carer of even just a monthly café can last for some time”.

Initially, the cafes will be held in Seaton town hall on a monthly basis, although the organizers hope to increase their frequency.

Relaunch of Seaton’s Memory Café

The Seaton branch of Devon Senior Voice has been able to re-start the Seaton Memory Café, following a grant of £500 from Devon County Council and match funding from an anonymous donor in memory of her mother. The official opening by the Mayor of Seaton was on 30th June 2014 and the aim is to support people living with dementia – along with their carers and families.

The Café will operate on the first Monday of the month, starting July 7, in the Small Hall, Seaton Methodist Church, in Scalwell Lane. For more information call Café chairman Yvonne Addington on 07827 813776 or email

Memory cafes aim to offer a relaxing opportunity for people to meet, share experiences and gather information to help them and their families, and a variety of activities will be on offer throughout the afternoon. A dementia nurse specialist will also be present for people to talk to in confidence, and who will signpost them to further help where necessary.

Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved in getting this project started again.


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