One Primary school in Houghton le Spring is leading the way towards creating a Dementia Friendly Society.
Bernard Gilpin School is the only one in the North to take part in the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia and now it's opened it's doors to welcome sufferers in.
Watch Julia Barthram's report here.
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