An invitation to reminisce about days gone by has been extended by the Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum for its latest dementia-friendly sessions.

The sessions, hosted in the Railway Museum Café, are for those suffering from dementia and their family or carers enabling them to enjoy a cup of tea and a chat, and meet staff.

The next session will be held on Wednesday 21 March, which will start with a social hour, from 11am-noon, when tea, coffee and biscuits will be served while visitors enjoy a chat and some activities, including jigsaws and reminiscence cards.

Then there’s a chance to explore the museum as well as handle some of the museum’s collection of objects from the era of the steam railways. Free admission to the museum is included.

There is also the option of staying for lunch with freshly-made soup and sandwiches available in the café every Wednesday from noon, run by The Links centre which provides services for adults with special needs.

Sarah Gouldsbrough, learning and access officer at Head of Steam, said:

“We had a fantastic response to the new day and time for the sessions when they were re-launched last month and are looking forward to welcoming people to the museum.

“We want to encourage people to be active and get out and about, as well as to keep learning and perhaps try something new and will be putting together a variety of activities that visitors to our Railway Museum Café have asked for.”

She added: All our staff members are Dementia Friends and we always do our best to create a warm, welcoming environment for people to socialise and enjoy the museum.”

For more information about Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum visit the website at www.head-of-steam.co.uk  you can also follow us on Twitter @HeadofSteamMus or telephone 01325 405060 or email headofsteam@darlington.gov.uk