Middlesbrough Dementia Cafe celebrates a successful first year

Volunteers kicked off celebrations as Middlesbrough's Dementia Memory Lane Cafe marking a year since it opened.

The monthly event began at Middlesbrough Central Library in September last year and now attracts on average 35 people to each session.

A dementia café was opened at North Ormesby Hub, and then due to demand a third has begun at Acklam Library.

It is hoped to roll out more cafes in libraries and community centres across the town.

Middlesbrough residents with dementia and their carers take part in quizzes, reminiscence activities and singing sessions.

A small celebration to mark the anniversary was held at Central Library.

The Memory Lane Dementia Cafes are vitally important in our efforts to raise awareness of dementia and I’m pleased to see so many people attending and enjoying the session.

“I’m proud to be a Dementia Friend and I would recommend everyone to take a look at the website to gain a better understanding of both the disease and the campaign.

“This is an issue we will put at the forefront of our policies for adult social care and we will be aiming to hold Dementia Cafes across all areas of the town.

Dave Budd 
Mayor of Middlesbrough        

The cafes have gone from strength to strength in Middlesbrough and the partnership with Middlesbrough Council and the libraries is fantastic.

“We are getting loads of regulars and lots of new people too. In the Central Library we’ve had to move from a small side room into the Reference Library.

“We’re now looking for more volunteers and would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in getting involved.

Michael Hall
Volunteer Officer for Alzheimer's Society Tees Valley

Article courtesy of ITV news Tyne Tees, first published 17/09/15

For more information about Middlesbrough Dementia Memory Lane Cafe contact the local Alzheimer's Society office:

contact telephone01642 442030

(Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.)

contact emaildarlington@alzheimers.org.uk
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  • 21 September 2015