Fifth 'magic table’ arrives at district's library

04/06/2019, PR-9067

​Wakefield Council has introduced a fifth 'magic table' at the district's libraries to give people with dementia and their carers the opportunity to increase their interaction through playing games.

​The Council, which has made a commitment to make its library services more dementia-friendly, now has a 'Tovertafel' (a Dutch word meaning 'magic table') in Wakefield library, which is available for all the community to use.  

The new table which cost £7,462 has been funded through the Council's Local Capital Grants Programme by Cllrs Betty Rhodes, Margaret Isherwood and Tracey Austin from the Wakefield North ward.

The Local Capital Grants Programme involves £50,000 per year being allocated to each of the Council's 21 wards to fund projects that will improve the lives of local residents.

Ward councillors work closely with residents and voluntary and community groups to identify projects which will benefit their local communities.

Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport at Wakefield Council, said:  "I'd like to thank the Wakefield North ward councillors who have chosen to support this project in their local library that will make such a difference to so many people.

"It is important that everyone feels welcome at our libraries. Hundreds of people have used Tovertafel, since it was first introduced in our libraries, two years ago, and we've had great feedback from many people who've used it."

The technology works by projecting images of colourful objects, such as flowers or space ships, on to a table. These can be moved around and made larger or smaller by hand movements. This stimulates the body and mind and encourages social interaction.

The magic tables aim to bring fun and enjoyment to the lives of people with moderate to advanced dementia and the people who care for them.

The technology encourages carers to bring family members into libraries to create and share an enjoyable experience. It can also be used by people with learning disabilities and children.

Carers have said that the games have helped people with memory loss who struggle with concentration to be able to concentrate on the activity.

The tables are also available to book at Sandal, Normanton, Airedale, Pontefract libraries. 

Anyone interested in using the magic tables can find out more a the libraries of by visiting the Council's website at www.wakefield.gov.uk/libraries

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