Dementia Friendly Cinema

Tyneside Cinema secures funding to continue dementia-friendly cinema

The Dementia-Friendly Cinema project was initiated and provided with seed funding by the Elders Council. So we are very glad to learn that funding has now been secured to enable the programme to continue.  Thanks to the grant from The Ballinger Charitable Trust, dementia-friendly cinema will return in May 2016 as a permanent part of Tyneside Cinema’s programme for the next three years. The grant will enable the cinema to make permanent as well as temporary physical changes to the building, making adjustments so that the space is as welcoming as possible for audiences. The cinema will also be able to continue to invest in staff development and training. 

The dementia-friendly events were designed to suit the needs of people living with dementia by:

• having special large-print and contrast-adjusted signage around the building and in the auditorium
• increasing lighting in the auditorium during the film
• reducing sound levels
• screening no adverts or trailers before the film

For details of the programmes, please ring 0191 227 5500 or click here.

EC Fortnightly Ebulletin


Some of you are getting our new fortnightly ebulletin, the EC Fortnightly. As its title implies, it comes out every two weeks in order to update members on what’s happening in the period between newsletters.

Only 494 members have so far subscribed to this service. If you have email, would you like to add your name to the subscription list?  We think that you might find it a useful service to keep you up to date.  If you want to receive EC Fortnightly, please ring Anne on 0191 235 9905 or email her at [email protected] .

Of course, EC Fortnightly requires a bit of work to put together. Would you be willing to join a small team of members to take responsibility for doing this? If you’re interested, please ring Steve on 0191 273 4727; leave a voice message if he’s not in. We would, of course, give you training in the technical aspects of putting the bulletin together.