Wakefield Council brings ‘magic tables’ to libraries for people with dementia

25/09/2018, PR8885

​Wakefield Council is introducing 'magic tables' at three of the district's libraries to give people with dementia the opportunity to interact with others through playing games.

Cllr Jacquie Speight with the 'magic table'

​The Council, which has made a commitment to make its library services dementia friendly, is bringing these 'Tovertafel' (which translates as 'magic table') to Sandal, Normanton and Pontefract libraries. 

The technology works by projecting games onto a table, with colourful objects such as flowers or space ships that 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.

​Cllr Jacquie Speight, (pictured), Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport at Wakefield Council, said: "Everyone is welcome at our libraries and we are constantly looking at ways to engage with people of all ages to make their visits enjoyable.

"We want to encourage carers to bring family members who have dementia to the libraries to try out a magic table as a way of creating and sharing enjoyable experiences."

Cllr Speight attended a launch event, which brought together health professionals and local councillors to learn about the technology, which can also be used by people with learning disabilities and children.

Anyone interested in using the magic tables should contact any of the above libraries. Contact details are available on the Council's website at www.wakefield.gov.uk/libraries

The Council has a number of 'dementia-friendly' libraries in the district, which has been designed to make people with the condition feel at ease.

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