Alzheimer's Society research shows that 41% of people in the North East feel they have a role to play to support people with dementia, but only 48% feel they have a good understanding of the disease.
'Dementia Friends' is an initiative to help a million people understand how to speak sensitively to a person suffering from dementia. The project helps people to make those with dementia feel included and understood.
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Plans to transform a Durham City shopping centre feature a multi-screen cinema, restaurants, cafes, student flats and a new parade of shops.
Tickets for a thrill-seeking waterslide being built for one day in Sunderland next April sold out within minutes of going on sale.
A shopping centre in Durham City could be transformed to feature a multi-screen cinema, restaurants, cafes, student flats and new shops.