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At Age UK North Tyneside we are committed to helping people living with dementia, their families and carers to continue to live fulfilling and rewarding lives.

Our Dementia Coordinators provide group and activity services for people with a low to moderate level of need. From singing groups to museum trips we aim to stimulate memories and social interactions.

To find out more on specific services, click on any of the links below:

Cuppa Club

Cuppa Club is a friendly social group for people living with dementia, their family, and their carers. Join us for a chat, unlimited tea and coffee, and a range of snacks including scones, cake and toast.

When: Tuesdays, 11.30am to 1pm
Where: North Shields
Cost: £2.60 per session

When: Wednesdays, 10.30 am to 11.30am
Where: Howdon
Cost: £2.60 per session

When: Wednesdays, 11.30am to 1pm
Where: Dudley
Cost: £2.60 per session

To find out more, please call the Dementia Connections team on 0191 287 7014.

Singing Groups

Singalong Memories is a stimulating and enjoyable activity for people living with dementia and their families. You’ll be able to meet others in a friendly, relaxed environment and join in with a variety of songs.

When: Every Monday from 2pm to 3.30pm

Where: St Columba’s Church, North Shields, NE30 1PW

The cost is only £2.60 per person and includes refreshments.

To find out more, please call the Dementia Connections team on 0191 287 7014.

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Carers Support Groups

Why not join one of our carers’ peer support groups to share your experiences and build up friendships with others. The groups are led by our Dementia Connections Admiral Nurses.

We meet:

  • Every Tuesday between 12.30 and 1.30pm.
  • Every Wedesday between 2.30pm and 3pm.

Tel 0191 287 7014 or email customer.services@ageuknorthtyneside.org.uk for further details or to express an interest in taking part.

Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST)

More information about our new Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) will be coming soon...

Dancing at the Mem

Dancing at Wallsend Memorial Hall. For people living with Dementia and Carers, relax, dance, socialise.

  • Carer support and advice available
  • FREE entry!
  • Between 1pm and 3pm, refreshments provided
  • Every Thursday commencing 20th May 2021
  • Freestyle dancing Rock ‘n’ Roll, Motown, The Beatles and more, it’s your choice
  • To book a place call Lesley 07988901434

Other lockdown-easing activities at the Mem

NEW - Dementia Connections Meeting Centres

What is a Meeting Centre?

Meeting Centres are a local resource, operating out of ordinary community buildings, providing warm and friendly expert support to people living at home with dementia and their families and friends. At the heart of the Meeting Centre is a social club where people can meet to have fun, talk to others, and get great help that focusses on what makes life great.

Where did Meeting Centres begin?

They were first developed in the Netherlands approximately 25 years ago. Currently, there are 150 Dutch centres with a national network that groups can utilise. International and UK research shows that Meeting Centres have positive outcomes for people with dementia and for family carers using the Adaptation-Coping model put forward by Professor Rose-Marie Dröes in 1991.

What’s the evidence?

The evidence shows that people attending Meeting Centres experience better self-esteem, greater feelings of happiness and sense of belonging. There was also evidence that there were fewer of the more distressing symptoms of dementia and a greater feeling of support. Family carers experience less burden, feeling better able to cope. People with dementia and carers reported high levels of satisfaction with the programme, seeing it as an important way of keeping active and feeling supported.

Adjusting to change

A diagnosis of dementia is a huge challenge to come to terms with, both for the person receiving the diagnosis but also their loved ones. If people make good emotional, social and practical adjustment to dementia following diagnosis, then it is likely that they will experience fewer distressing symptoms later and will be able to live at home for longer with a better quality of life for them and their families. Meeting Centres are a way of providing accessible support on a local level to act against this.

What goes on in a Meeting Centre?

A team of staff and volunteers trained in the Meeting Centre ethos provide an enjoyable and flexible programme for both the person with dementia and their family carers.

Who is eligible to join?

Residents of North Tyneside who have a diagnosis of dementia or any other cognitive impairment, alongside a family member or carer.

How much does it cost?

£70 per month (total for both member and family or carer)

Where is it?

  • Howdon Community Hub, Denbigh Avenue, NE28 0PP (Thursdays, 10am to 3pm)

Interested in joining one of our Meeting Centres?

Please call us on 0191 287 7014 or email  enquiries@ageuknorthtyneside.org.uk.

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