Middlesbrough Council’s library and Community Hub staff are all dementia friends and the service is part of the Dementia Friendly Middlesbrough initiative.
The service runs three monthly dementia cafes at Acklam and North Ormesby Community Hubs and also at the Central Library with a fourth café starting at Hemlington Library & Community Hub on Monday, January 29 from 2pm-3.30pm.
The cafes give people living with dementia and their carers a chance to meet and socialise with others, receiving information and taking part in a wide range of activities over tea and cake.
In addition, the service offers the national Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme with libraries loaning a variety of titles for those living or caring for someone with dementia or for someone who wants to find more out about the condition.
The books include information and advice, help after diagnosis, practical support for carers and personal stories. A selection of these titles are also available for loan from the Live Well Centre in the Dundas Arcade, Central Middlesbrough.
The service offers a memory support library card for anyone living with dementia, which means that fines will not be charged, should books be returned after their due date.
Marton Library & Community Hub which is currently undergoing refurbishment work, will be the first library venue to become a dementia friendly building, with the use of appropriate colours and signage within the building.
It is important to talk to children about dementia as many young people’s lives will be touched by having a family member who may live with or care for someone with dementia and the service offers free dementia awareness class visits to Middlesbrough schools.
For more information about any of the above, please contact Diane Fleet on 01642 729417 or Andrew Crowe on 01642 729408.