A Dementia-Friendly Pantomime

A DEMENTIA-Friendly pantomime performance has been deemed such a success organisers are already looking to arrange another for panto season 2018-19!

Dementia Friendly Middlesbrough approached the team at the town’s theatre with the idea of holding a specially-adapted performance of last season’s pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The organisation supports businesses and public facilities to become Dementia Friendly, offering awareness raising sessions and providing resources and an accreditation process, which Middlesbrough Theatre had already undertaken.

The aim is to help people living with dementia to remain active and included members of their community, maintaining their independence for as long as possible and to continue enjoying activities they always have.

The team at Middlesbrough Theatre were enthusiastic about the idea and set about organising the show. Representatives of Dementia Friendly Middlesbrough watched a performance and noted which changes could help make the pantomime dementia friendly.

Brian Rowcroft of Dementia Friendly Middlesbrough said: “Pantomime can be an experience with sensory overload – it’s loud and there can be bright lights and bright colours.

“But it is also very much a family event and something all the generations like to enjoy together. That’s why we thought having a performance where people living with dementia, their families and friends could all enjoy would be a good idea.

“Middlesbrough Theatre were fantastic. They worked with the cast and production crew, who were also superb, to ensure the performance met the needs of the people in the audience.

“To help make the performance dementia-friendly the sound levels were taken down and the house lights were taken up slightly so it wasn’t so dark. There was an element in the original performance where one of the comic characters sprayed water and we felt that might not be appropriate, and so that was taken out.

“It was all smashing and more than 260 people went along and enjoyed the show. We’re already looking forward to next year!”

David Kime from Middlesbrough Theatre said: “We were delighted to work alongside Dementia Friendly Middlesbrough to develop this performance. It was a huge success and we are already looking to next year and what we can do then.”

The performance was also praised on social media by one of the show’s stars, Adele Silva (of Kelly Windsor from Emmerdale fame) who played Snow White. Writing on Twitter she said: “Lovely audience in for our #dementiafriendly show this afternoon – Well done @Mbrotheatre for recognising this.”

Middlesbrough Theatre’s next dementia friendly performance is Hooray for Hollywood on Thursday 21st June at 2.30pm. The show features songs from the golden age of Hollywood.

A musical play which promises quality hours filled with the most memorable Hollywood melodies, “Hooray for Hollywood” recreates the glitz of the Roaring Twenties and features popular classic Hollywood hits such as Top Hat, Let’s Face the Music, There’s no Business like Show Business, Putting’ On the Ritz, Cheek to Cheek, Singing in the Rain and many more.

Tickets are £20.50 / Concession £17 (Includes Booking Fee) and available from the Box Office on 01642 81 51 81 or can be booked online at www.middlesbroughtheatre.co.uk

New additions to Dementia Friendly Middlesbrough

Diane Fleet receiving a certificate on behalf of Middlesbrough Central Library in achieving the status of working to become Dementia Friendly.
Diane also accepted certificates on behalf of

  • Acklam Community Hub
  • Easterside Community Hub
  • Grove Hill Community Hub
  • Marton Community Hub
  • North Ormesby Community Hub
  • Thorntree Community Hub
  • Rainbow Library
  • Neptune Centre Library
  • Hemlington Community Hub

in achieving Working to become Dementia Friendly status.

Mayor of Middlesbrough presents Council employees with Dementia Care qualification

Learning Curve GroMiddlesbrough council 8up were delighted to attend a presentation at Middlesbrough Council, in which eight members of their staff received their certificates for completing our Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Dementia Care qualification, presented to them by the Mayor Dave Budd. Mayor Budd said: “It is great to see how deeply involved the library service have been in trying to achieve a dementia friendly council here in Middlesbrough through the Certificate in the Principles of Dementia Care. I am impressed by their dedication to improving their knowledge and skills.”

The Certificate in the Principles of Dementia Care qualification provides learners with an appreciation and understanding of the different forms of dementia that may be encountered and gives learner’s the knowledge and skills they need to be able to support individuals with this condition through person-centred care. Jenny O’Donnelly was one of the eight Middlesbrough Council learners to complete the course, she said: “I found this course really beneficial to my working day. It has given me the confidence and knowledge to interact with those who are suffering from Dementia.”

Brenda McLeish, Chief Executive of Learning Curve Group, said: “We work with over 4,500 UK employers, and our distance learning programmes have enjoyed great success. They support people to gain the skills that make a real and lasting difference to their careers, while helping the businesses they work for become more efficient and productive. It’s great to see that Middlesbrough Council have a clear vision, similar to our own, to create a better city through quality education and increasing employment.”

Here at Learning Curve Group we have a range of health and social care qualifications which are ideal for those looking to, or who are currently working within a care environment. For a list of qualifications we offer, please visit our website here http://www.learningcurvegroup.co.uk/employers/vocational-qualifications/health-and-social-care-qualifications/

Christmas Party


A Christmas Party organised by Teesside University Student Volunteers for older people and people living with dementia in Middlesbrough.

There will be a buffet, lots of cups of tea, the odd mince pie, a raffle, bingo (of course) a quiet break out room with other activities such as dominos.  There will also be a DJ playing Christmas carols and to top it all there will be live music for sing along and dancing (50’s theme) for anyone with dancing shoes on.

For more information please contact Gayle Tweed (Chief Executive – Clevearc) on Tel: 01642 611110.

Consultation Event Success


A very big thank you to everyone who came along to assist at the Dementia Friendly Middlesbrough Consultation Event at Middlesbrough Central Library on 4th November 2015 and all those who helped prior to the event. We were extremely happy with the brilliant turnout and the excellent information we have gained as a result of the event.

This event would not have happened without the joint efforts of so many people and we are very thankful to everyone who helped make it such a success.

Feedback from the event will be available online shortly.