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Popular Dementia Café reopens at Head of Steam

Popular Dementia Café reopens at Head of Steam
09 September 2021

An open invitation to reminisce about days gone by has been extended by the Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum as it reopens its popular Dementia Café later this month (September).

The first drop-in session will be held on Wednesday 15 September, 11am-noon, with regular sessions to follow on the third Wednesday of every month.

The Dementia Café offers an informal and social space for those living with dementia and their family or carers to meet and chat over a cuppa and a sweet treat.

There’s also a range of activities available including picture-based conversation cards and dementia-friendly jigsaws.

Admission to the Dementia Café is free and includes admission to the museum too, enabling visitors to explore the museum either before or after the session.

Councillor Andy Keir, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for local services, said:

“The Dementia Café proved very popular in the past and we’re delighted to be able to reopen it now that Covid-19 restrictions are easing. We are however, continuing to follow social distancing measures and ask that people wear a mask or face covering when moving around the museum, unless they are exempt.

“All our museum staff members are Dementia Friends, and we are part of Dementia Friendly Darlington, working with lots of partners to support communities around our town to become Dementia Friendly.

“Our dedicated staff at Head of Steam always do their best to create a warm, welcoming environment for people to socialise and enjoy the museum and the Dementia Café is just one of the ways they do this.”

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