A drop-in for people living with dementia and their families and carers is being held in South Tyneside next week to coincide with national Dementia Action Week.
The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Ken Stephenson, will be at St Aloysius Church Hall in Hebburn next Monday (21 May) to celebrate the week.
The Living Well with Dementia sessions, which are held on the third Monday of every month between 2pm and 3.30pm, are organised by South Tyneside Council in conjunction with a number of organisations including South Tyneside Homes, St Aloysius Church, Alzheimer's Society and Age Concern South Tyneside.
At the events people can access information and advice and take part in activities such as community singing and seated exercises.
The drop-ins follow on from the launch last year of Dementia Friendly Hebburn which saw people pledge to improve the lives of those living with dementia.
Councillor Tracey Dixon, Lead Member for Independence and Wellbeing, said: "In the UK one person develops dementia every three minutes.
"It is, therefore, vital that people living with dementia and their families and carers have the support they need.
"We are committed to making sure that we support people in South Tyneside to Live Better Lives and these drop-ins are the next step along the way to involving our communities in making a difference to improve the lives of those living with dementia."
The drop-in sessions have been running since last September and have proven to be very popular. They are held on the third Monday of the month between 2pm and 3.30pm in St Aloysius Church Hall in Prince Consort Road.