A creative way to keep memories

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A group is helping to bring back memories for those living with dementia through treasured photographs.

Age UK North Tyneside’s Dementia Services team hosts a Craft Group at the Oxford Centre, in Longbenton.

The group takes place on alternate Thursdays from 10.30am to noon for people living with dementia to come along with their carers or family members and friends.

The group, which is currently working on a scrapbook project, provides an opportunity for members to bring along photographs that are special to them.

Creating a keepsake album, they are given the chance to reminisce while trying out new craft techniques.

Isabel Owens, head of integrated care at Age UK North Tyneside, said: “We offer many different services and activities across the borough and this is a fantastic opportunity for those living with dementia and memory problems in North Tyneside to meet like-minded people and try something new.”

For more information contact the Dementia Services team on 0191 280 8484.

Throughout the year, the group works on various projects and craft items.

Three members of the group, Christine Burn, Audrey Ohlsson and Joan Clyde, said: “The Craft Group is relaxing and gives a sense of escapism; it’s like ‘time-out’ for each of us.”

“It gives us time to share our stories and history with new friends and family at home.

“By coming to the different groups offered by Age UK North Tyneside, we have made great friends and now feel a sense of purpose with the groups we attend.”