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The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease or a series of strokes.

For more information about Alzheimer's and dementia visit Alzheimer's Society.

    Dementia Friends campaign

    Dementia Friends is a national initiative, initially launched by Alzheimer’s Society in February 2013, designed to help people develop an understanding of dementia and the small things they can do that could make a difference to people living with dementia. For example, helping someone find the right bus, or spreading the word about dementia on social media.

    For more information visit the Dementia Friends website.

    Dementia Friendly project

    The Dementia Friendly Middlesbrough project aims to develop the borough of Middlesbrough into a nationally recognised dementia friendly community. The project aim is to ensure that people living with dementia are able to remain active and included members of their communities, maintain their independence for as long as possible, be treated with understanding and respect, and receive support when necessary.

    For more information visit the Dementia Friendly Middlesbrough website.

    Local information and support

    Tees Valley Dementia Support Worker

    Dementia support workers offer information and practical guidance to help people understand dementia, cope with day-to-day challenges, and prepare for the future. They offer support face to face, over the phone or in writing, to people with dementia and their carers, family and friends.

    Phone01642 442030
    Address: Unit 1, Suite 40, Evans Business Centre, 10 Stephenson Court, Skippers Lane Ind. Estate, TS6 6UT

    Memory Lane Cafés 

    Dementia Cafés provide information about living with dementia and other services available locally in an informal and comfortable environment. A Dementia Café is also a place to relax, socialise and meet other people with dementia and their carers. The services are for people with dementia, their carers and families, and professionals in health and social care. Dementia Cafés take place at:

    • Grove Hill Community Hub 1.30pm - 3.30pm - 2nd Friday of each month
    • Acklam Community Hub and Library - 1.30pm to 3.30pm - 4th Thursday of each month (excluding January 2018)
    • Middlesbrough Central Library - 1pm to 3pm - 3rd Wednesday of each month
    • North Ormesby Community Hub - 1pm to 3pm - 1st Wednesday of each month
    • Silver Linings Dementia Friendly Cafe at Hemlington Library and Community Hub - 2pm - 3.30pm - last Monday of each month

    For more information please contact Diane Fleet on 01642 729417 or email

    Sanctuary Supported Living Dementia Advisor Service

    This service can support the person diagnosed with dementia, their carers and supporters. It provides one to one support to Middlesbrough residents over the age of 18 years.

    For more information about the Sanctuary Supported Living Dementia Advisor Service, please contact:

    Rebecca MccLelland
    Phone: 01642 223544