Supporting people to live well with Dementia
Laura Walker and Kate Smith
Co-Founders and Joint CEO’s of Memory Matters SW CIC
In 2010, two nurses – Laura Walker and Kate Smith, set up Memory Matters; an organisation to help change the face of dementia support in our community. Memory Matters started because both women were frustrated with the lack of support provided for people living with dementia, as well as their carers.
Kate and Laura’s intention has always been to provide meaningful services that respond to the needs expressed by people living with dementia. They believe that having access to compassionate support, therapies and peer led activities, enables people to live well with their dementia.
As one happy beneficiary described: “Dementia doesn’t have to mean ‘the end’, it’s just a different chapter.”
In March 2017, the duo opened Moments Café in Plymouth City Centre; with a trip down memory lane for most, and a calming, friendly atmosphere for all. All profits from the Café help to sustain Memory Matters, enabling us to provide support for people living with dementia, as well as offering FREE services in our Memory Matters Hub.