A new initiative has been launched to support people with dementia and their carers.
Age UK North Tyneside and North Tyneside Carers Centre have joined forces to create Dementia Connect.
There is currently 2,500 people living with dementia in North Tyneside and this number is expected to rise in the future. We want to do the best we can to help people affected by this illnessAlma Caldwell, chief executive at Age UK North Tyneside
It involves six weekly sessions – which began on Monday, March 9, at North Shields Customer First Centre from 10am to 1pm – to help those with dementia take part in activities in their community.
Information awareness sessions will also be provided to family members and friends to help them better understand the disease and how to support their loved one.
In addition Dementia Connect will provide an opportunity for people with dementia and their carers to come together, chat over a coffee and share experiences.
Alma Caldwell, chief executive at Age UK North Tyneside, said: “There is currently 2,500 people living with dementia in North Tyneside and this number is expected to rise in the future. We want to do the best we can to help people affected by this illness.”
Visitors will also be given the opportunity to enjoy activities including arts and crafts, and going to the shops.
For more contact Isabel Owens on (0191) 280 8484.
Claire Easton, chief executive for North Tyneside Carers Centre, said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with Age UK North Tyneside to provide carers with the opportunity to access the support they need.
“Carers often struggle to access this if they are unable to leave the person they care for.
“Dementia Connect will provide a safe, caring environment for both the carer and the person they care for to access support and new opportunities.”