Supporting People with Dementia to Live Better Lives

Posted by: Press team on 18 March 2022 16:28

People with dementia are benefiting from improved day opportunities in South Tyneside.

For the first time, thanks to partnership working between the Council and Age Concern Tyneside South (ACTS), both community and building-based support is on offer, depending on the nature and progression of their dementia

One man who has just started to access day services at Haven Court is 72-year-old Alan Atkinson from Whitburn.


Alan said: "I didn't know what to expect and was a little nervous beforehand but once I arrived the staff made me feel at home and I've had a great morning with a lot of laughs. The staff are brilliant and I can't wait to go back next week."


His daughter, Corrina Roche, added: "I was a little apprehensive dropping my dad off at the centre as he has been stuck in the house for nearly two years so it was a massive change for him. However, I need not have worried as he came out of the centre very happy and he couldn't praise the staff enough.

"It's a great service that is much needed for the people of South Tyneside and it is allowing their families to have a break for a few hours, knowing their loved ones are safe and happy at the centre." 

Dedicated space at Haven Court has been provided for people with advanced dementia. Those attending can take part in arts and crafts, watch a film, play music or games or just chat.

The new model for day opportunities sees staff from Age Concern talking to people to identify their needs, interests and aspirations and help them access community support to promote independence and wellbeing. This will enable people with dementia to remain connected to their communities and reduce social isolation, whilst providing carers with a much-needed break from their caring role.

Councillor Anne Hetherington, Lead Member for Independence and Wellbeing, said: "One of the Council's priorities is to support our older or vulnerable communities and this new approach to day opportunities allows us to do just that.

"By offering support to people with dementia we can make sure that they, and those who care for them, are able to live better lives."

Last modified: 18 March 2022 16:29