The Memory Café at The Library

The Memory Café at The Library will be a chance to make new friends, take time out from your normal routine and enjoy some conversation.

It will be a friendly and safe place to meet with others, chat, have a tea or coffee, take a nostalgic look back at years gone by, and maybe even join in an activity or song. There will be memory cards, memory boxes, and music to get the conversation flowing, as well as other games and activities.

We have a good collection of books to evoke memories of past places and times, as well as a new selection of books on dementia and details of other local services.

The Memory Café will run alongside the Information & Advice session hosted by Age Concern, so there will be someone on hand to give useful advice on other services within the local area for people living with dementia and their carers, and help with understanding what benefits are available, eligibility and how to apply for them. There are public computers in the library so if you need to access anything online you can do that when at the Memory Café.  

The Memory Café will take place on the first Monday of each month, from 1.30 to 3.30 pm. There is parking at the front and side of the Library, ramp access if needed, and outdoor seating in our garden.

Thank you to our Sponsors

The key sponsor for our Memory Café is the Cleadon and District Rotary Club. Its President, Bob Askew, is pleased to be supporting this venture and said “We think the Memory Cafe is a fantastic community support project and are very pleased and proud to be a key sponsor. We look forward to its success”. 


Other sponsors include Unite and Roll-Royce Washington, as well as an anonymous donor who gave us a lovely gift of £30 towards the Memory Café. A big thank you to you all for your wonderful display of generosity .

Our Dementia Friendly Initiative

Since September 2019 we have developed our Library Dementia Friendly Initiative.

We have checked that our Library is dementia friendly in its layout and signage so that it is a place where people living with dementia feel comfortable and safe.

We have offered dementia awareness sessions to our Library Volunteers, and are very pleased to say that two thirds of our volunteers have become Dementia Friends.

We became a member of the South Tyneside Dementia Action Alliance to learn from the experiences of others in the borough and use this to continue to improve the services we offer to our Library Users.

We have set up a Dementia Information Hub. This is a one stop shop for leaflets and promotional literature on services and support that are available in the local area for those living with or affected by Dementia.

We have recently added to our collection a range of books specifically on dementia and related subjects.

If you how any queries or want to check anything please drop us a line at [email protected] or telephone the Library on 0191 5364368, and we will try to answer your questions.


For updates & ongoing Dementia Friendly activities visit The Library’s Facebook Supporters Group
For more information on dementia and support available visit the Alzheimer’s Society website