The new 'Dementia Cafe' was opened at EachStep Blackley, an award-winnign service that has recently been recognised as a centre of excellence for dementia care.

The cafe is actually a monthly event that allows those affected by dementia to come together and share their experiences with others in a similar situation.

Completely free and open to all, the cafe gives people an opportunity to take in some expert advice in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Smug Roberts has become a huge supporter of EachStep after his mother, who lived at the home, recently passed away.

The 'Dementia Friends Initiative' is backed by the Alzheimer's Society and ensures interactive sessions are provided to support those who live with the condition.

Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr Paul Murphy OBE, said: “This monthly dementia café will make such a difference to local people dealing with the challenges of living with and caring for people with dementia.

I have enjoyed gaining a better insight into dementia care, and seeing the support and facilities available at EachStep.

It’s been a pleasure to be a part of the Dementia Friends workshop today. Seeing the community come together to share in and support such a worthwhile event was brilliant.

I am extremely proud to have become an official Dementia Friend. I hope many more people will participate in one of the workshops planned in and around Manchester, and join me in becoming a Dementia Friend.”