Contract value: tbc

Completed: 2017

Memory Matters CIC are a provider of activity clubs, training, and resources in the specialist field of dementia care. Run by nurses, the organisation has a sensitive and professional insight into the issues that affect people with dementia, their families, and carers.

Memory Matters approached McCaren Interiors having identified an opportunity to improve dementia-friendly facilities in the South West. We were appointed to work collaboratively on the design of a Nostalgia Café, a pilot project for the organisation and for Plymouth, initially funded by the Social Enterprise Fund.

Our commission involves the design of dementia-friendly spaces within the new café, to harness the benefits of reminiscence for people with dementia, their families, and the wider public. Adopting best practice to provide comfortable spaces for people with heightened sensitivity to unfamiliar environments, whilst also providing rich sources of stimulation for reminiscence are key challenges with the project brief.

McCaren Interiors’ services extend beyond design, including also the appraisal of potential sites for disabled access and spatial suitability. Working closely with the wider project team which includes business planning advisors and accountants, ensures that the design meets budgetary constraints, and provides income generation for the client.