A group of people are looking to help raise awareness of dementia and support those suffering from the illness.
Eight people in Whitley Bay took part in an hour-long session to become Dementia Friends.
The talk was presented by Dementia Friends champion Tim Nichol with the aim of helping people understand what it might be like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action.
Tim said: “The Whitley Bay session was fantastic and the feedback from participants was really positive.
“I signed up to be a Dementia Friends champion because I remember too well what my parents went through when my mum developed the disease.
“With increased understanding, we can all play a part in helping those living with dementia to live well.
“When the majority of people dealing directly with the public have more understanding, those with dementia can live a better and less isolated life. I want Whitley Bay to be such a community.”
Further sessions will be held on February 17 and March 24 at the Cornerstone Cafe, Oxford Street, Whitley Bay.
For more information visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk
Daisy Robson, Dementia Friends regional support officer at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “Less than half of us think we know enough about dementia.
“Dementia Friends is the perfect opportunity to be able to invite everyone up and down the country to improve their knowledge.
“Dementia Friends isn’t about creating experts, it’s about helping people understand a little bit more about what it’s like to live with the condition and then turn that understanding into action – anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend.”