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.

Great Exhibition of the North on EC Radio


Elders Council Board Member Halina has been putting the Elders Council on the map with the Great Exhibition of the North.  Having signed up as a volunteer, she has taken the opportunity to promote the Elders Council.  Halina arranged for the EC Radio Programme to run a feature on the Great North Exhibition on its June programme, and secured interviews with a number of key people including Carol Bell, Executive Director of the NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Sarah Munro, Director of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.  The photo shows Halina in action recording her interview with Sarah Munro. 

Elders Council is also a partner in Future Homes which will feature as part of the Great Exhibition of the North with a virtual reality tour of a future home at the Core on Helix (formerly Science Central) on Bath Lane.  Don't miss it.