New lounge launched to offer support

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A new initiative is being launched in Amble to help support people with dementia.

The dementia-friendly lounge, which will be known as the Puffin Lounge, begins this month.

It will be held in the town’s St Mark’s Church Hall, beginning on October 8, and running every other Thursday.

The sessions are primarily for people with dementia, their families, friends and carers, but anyone is invited along.

The lounge will be open from 2pm to 4pm and there will be light refreshments, time to chat and table-top games.

The initiative is part of Amble’s push to become a dementia-friendly community, meaning that people are more aware of and understand more about the condition and that people with dementia feel included in their community.

The town’s application was recently accepted by the Alzheimer’s Society and is well on its way to achieving this status.

Sue Swanston, who is involved with the Amble campaign, said: “The dates for the Puffin Lounge are October 8 and 22, November 5 and 19, and December 3 and 17. Whether we continue in the New Year depends on how it goes for these initial six sessions.”

As part of Amble’s push to become dementia friendly, a series of dementia-awareness sessions have been held and more are being arranged.

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

For information, contact Sue by emailing sue_per girl2@hotmail.com or call 01665 711177.