Medway Neuro-Cafes


MNN has joined: wHoo Cares CIC/ Medway Community Healthcare/ St Augustine’s Church/ Bread of Life cafe in Strood, and Medway Adult Education to open cafes to provide support & reduce isolation. To view and download a copy of the MNN Neuro-cafe flyer, please click HERE.

Please see below for details of the following Neuro-cafes and Neuro-Information Points:

1. Walter-Brice Centre, Neuro-Information Point: monthly manned stall on the first Tuesday of the month, 10am to Noon.  
Next Walter-Brice stall:  5 March 2024. 

2. Bread of Life Neuro-cafe, 17 Darnley Road, Strood ME2 2EU: was launched on Tuesday 24 October, then monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month, 10am to Noon.  Next Bread of Life neuro-cafe: 26 March 2024.

3. Jasper's Neuro-cafes at Rochester Community Hub, weekly on Fridays, 1pm to 3pm during term time; hosted by a rota of neurological charities, see below.  
Next Jasper's Neuro-cafe is on 8 March, hosted by FASD Awareness.

4. St Augustine’s Place of Welcome, Neuro-Information Point. 192, Rock Road, Gillingham, ME7 5PW.  Manned stall on 4th Wednesday of month, 9 to 11am. Light refreshments and activities including crafts provided by Medway Adult Education; look out for the MNN banner.
Next St Augustine's stall:  24 April 2024 (No stall on 27 March due to MNN AGM). 

We also promote:

a). Brainstormz provided by Walderslade Together (
WALT CIC) with Functional Neurological Disorder Action – Saturdays from 1.30pm at the NET Community Hub.

b). Rochester Dementia Memory Café on 4th Friday of month at St Peter’s Church, Delce Rd., Rochester ME1 2EH. To see dates for 2023 please click 
HERE .

Medway Neuro-cafes are working in association with the Person-Centred Neuro-Sciences Society's Tonbridge Neuro-cafe
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Video: Launch of Bread of Life Neuro-cafe

Launch of the Bread of Life Neuro-cafe, 24 October 2023

The storms ceased just in time to give us a fine Autumn day on which to launch the MNN Bread of Life Neuro-cafe.  The venue for this new Neuro-cafe is provided by John Western and his Bread of Life bakery and cafe at 17, Darnley Road Strood, ME2 2EU.

The Mayor of Medway, her Worshipful Cllr. Nina Gunung, and the Deputy Lieutenant of Kent Brigadier Peter Gilbert were guests of honour, please click HERE to see the programme.  

The Mayor has produced an excellent photo-compilation of the event and this can be viewed by clicking HERE

A short video of the launch event has been prepared and this can be viewed by clicking the picture to the right.

The next Bread of Life Neuro-cafe will be held on 26 March 2024.
Medway Neurological Network

1.  Walter-Brice Centre Information Point and Stall

 This Neuro-Information Point is located at the Walter-Brice Centre, Tilley Close, Hoo, ME3 9AE.  it is held on the first Tuesday of each month, see the flyer for more details.
Next Walter-Brice Neuro-Information Stall: Tuesday 5 March 2024.



Bread of Life Neuro-cafe, 
26 September 2023

2.  Bread of Life Neuro-Cafes

Located at 17 Darnley Road, Strood, ME2 2EU: This new Neuro-cafe will be launched on Tuesday 24 October at 10am, see this flyer, and will then be open on the fourth Tuesday of each month, 10am to noon. 
Next Bread of Life Neuro-cafe: Tuesday 26 March 2024.

This is a bakery as well as a cafe and some months we plan to offer a cookery class to cook our own refreshments!!

3.  Jasper's Neuro-Cafes, at Jasper's Community Cafe, Rochester Community Hub, Eastgate, Rochester ME1 1EW - (Term-time only). The Cafe will then open weekly, Fridays 1pm to 3pm, with the following charities hosting:
1st Friday of month:  Parkinson's UK
2nd Friday: FASD Awareness
3rd Friday: Rare Conditions
4th Friday: FND Action (Functional Neurological Disorder)
5th Friday: Medway Neurological Network
For more information Email: info@medwayneuro.org.uk



Information Stalls

Please click on the image to the left to see a video of the general scene at the launch: stall holders and the band in a room adjacent to Jaspers cafe. We would like to thank the stall holders for supporting this launch and help make it a success.

5 in the Bar: You Don't Know Me

Led by Tony Ellingham, aka Dorian Gray, this band serenaded us with this song, made famous by Eddy Arnold. This splendid band had a CD of their work for sale in aid of Parkinson's UK and Prostate cancer.

5 in the Bar: Can't Take My Eyes Off of You

The band closed their act with this song.  Many thanks to Tony and the 5 in the Bar band for supporting the Launch of Jaspers Neuro-cafe.
Medway Neurological Network would like to thank Medway Adult Education, notably Dan Mace (Programme Manager for Community Learning) and Lara Dix (Programme Coordinator), for their help in setting-up Jaspers Neuro-cafe.
We are very grateful to Jaspers Community Cafe for offering to host the neuro-cafe.
The launch was covered by the Kent Messenger and was published in the 23 January edition, click HERE to see the article.

Jaspers Neuro-Cafe Launch
17 January 2020
Opened by the Mayor of Medway Cllr. Habib Tejan.  Click on image below to see video.



Medway Skylarks at St Augustine's

4.  St Augustine's Neuro-Cafe

St Augustine’s Place of Welcome. 192, Rock Road, Gillingham, ME7 5PW. 
Meets on 4th Wednesday of month, 9 to 11am.  Light refreshments, and activities including crafts provided by Medway Adult Education; look out for the MNN stall.
Next Neuro-cafe: Wednesday 24 January 2024.

Brainstormz Neuro-Cafe
Is now available as a largely virtual neuro-cafe that is open every Saturday afternoon. For more information and a link to join, please click 
HERE
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This neuro-cafe is delivered by Walderslade Together in association with Medway Neurological Network and hosted by FND Action. It is held at the Net Community Hub, 70 Silverweed Road, Walderslade ME5 0QX every Saturday afternoon from 1pm to 4pm.
For more information please visit: www.waldersladehub.org or phone: 01634 319633.

Rochester Dementia Memory Cafe
Next open on: 26 January 2024

Meets every 4th Friday of the month, 1.30pm to 3.30pm at The Parish Centre, St Peter's Church, Delce Road, Rochester, Kent ME1 2EH.
Please click
HERE
for the flyer giving future dates
If you have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia or have someone within your family or community who has dementia - then come along to your local Memory Cafe. Come to meet others in a similar situation - have a cup of tea and a chat and share information and experiences. Friendly volunteers will be on hand to provide information and support and health care professionals make regular visit.

Grain Village Carnival & Fete, 21 July 2018


To the right you can see the Medway Neurological Network float, promoting the Hoo Peninsula Neuro-cafes, as it arrived at the Grain Fete.  Representative from each of the 4 cafes helped decorate the float and then ride through Grain, singing the Medway Neuro-Cafe song at the top of their voices.
Many thanks indeed to the Swain Group for providing the lorry, along with driver Lee.

Medway Skylarks, wandering minstrels at the Grain Fete.


After the carnival the somewhat hoarse songsters aboard the float joined the rest of Medway Skylarks to form a band of wandering minstrels at the Fete.  To the left you can see a video of us singing 'Oh, What a Beautiful Morning'.  It was in fact an extremely hot afternoon!!
See under the Skylarks tab a practice performance of the Neuro-Cafe song, that was especially written for this event.
Many thanks indeed to Trish Vella-Burrows for leading the choir and John Cornwall for accompanying on guitar.
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