South Shields venue opens its doors to Dementia Friends

HIGHLIGHTING DEMENTIA ... Julianne Moore stars in the film Still Alice.
HIGHLIGHTING DEMENTIA ... Julianne Moore stars in the film Still Alice.

A SOUTH Tyneside arts venue is to play host to a dementia awareness-raising event.

With more than 2,000 people in the borough known to be suffering from the degenerative brain disorder, The Customs House, in Mill Dam, South Shields, has joined forces with the Alzheimer’s Society to throw the condition into the spotlight.

Together they are hoping to encourage residents in South Tyneside to take part in the Dementia Friends campaign – a national initiative run by the Alzheimer’s Society and funded by the Government, aimed at helping to build dementia-friendly communities.

Last year, the charity revealed 2,128 people in the borough are known to suffer from the condition.

An information session will be held in the Green Room bar and bistro in The Customs House from 3.30pm on Monday.

Dementia Friends Champion Helen Johns said: “It is a very informal session to help you find out about dementia, how it affects people living with dementia, and the small things we can do to be part of a dementia friendly society.”

To book your place, go to and “find a session” or text Helen on 07792 065805.

The events are part of Dementia Awareness Week, which takes place from May 18 to 24.

Until Wednesday The Customs House will be showcasing the film Still Alice, starring Julianne Moore.

The film highlights the impact dementia has on a sufferer.

Tickets are £5 (£4 concessions) and are available from the box office on 454 1234 or

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