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First anniversary celebrations for Middlesbrough Dementia Cafe

Anniversary party for Middlesbrough's Memory Lane Dementia Cafe Photo:

Volunteers kicked off celebrations as Middlesbrough's Memory Lane Dementia Cafe marked 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.”

– Middlesbrough Mayor Dave Budd

“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