DEMENTIA: Pop along to art class

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There is a growing awareness of the reality of dementia and its effect on both those with dementia and their carers, as shown by the current Dementia Season across the BBC.

So we were grateful for the recent article in the News Guardian about the launch of pARTners, a project at the Live at Home Scheme, North Shields Methodist Church, Hawkeys Lane, which offers art classes for people with dementia who are aged over 55, alongside support for their carers.

All equipment, materials and tuition are free of charge, and the project recognises the fact that art can be a powerful means of communication for people living with dementia, helping them to give expression to who they are and what they want to say.

The classes are held fortnightly on a Wednesday, from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

No previous experience of art is necessary and referrals should be made to the Live at Home Scheme on 0191 272 8368, or email

Val and Tony Farrar

Whitley Bay