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Dementia Friendly Cafe at myplace

There’s a warm welcome in store at a café with a difference at a leading Middlesbrough venue.

The myplace Dementia Friendly Café opens its doors every other Friday from 11am to 1pm at the Middlehaven youth hub.

Along with a cuppa and a bite to eat, the fortnightly Café hosts performances by live musicians and everyone’s welcome to get up and have a dance.

Musical instruments are also available on the tables for anyone who wants to join in.

Thanks to funding from Public Health South Tees, the sessions – including afternoon tea – are free to those attending.

The Café has recently been recognised by the Alzheimer’s Society for its commitment to working to become Dementia Friendly.

Myplace Manager Tracey Smith said: “The sessions are so uplifting not only for the people who have dementia but also for their loved ones.

“They’re open to all who are or have been affected by dementia - we have a lovely lady who comes along whose late husband had the condition. 

“Our numbers have reduced recently so we’d like to get more people to come along and spread the word.

“The musicians are brilliant and we encourage visitors to request their favourite songs and everyone’s welcome to join in.”

The next Dementia Café at myplace is on Friday, September 30. For more information call 01642 256310 or email myplace@middlesbrough.gov.uk.