Richmond Swimming Pool becomes dementia friendly

Representatives of Richmondshire District Council, Richmondshire Leisure Trust, Making Space (which facilitates the sessions) and the Original Richmond Business and Tourism Association are pictured at the memory café.

Richmond’s swimming pool has become the first in Yorkshire to be awarded dementia friendly status.

And as part of Richmondshire Leisure Trust’s weekly programme it is hosting a memory café, an informal setting for people with dementia, their friends and family to meet and take part in activities.

The trust received the status as part of work by the Richmondshire Dementia Action Alliance which is aiming to make the district more dementia friendly.

Alliance member and district councillor Lawrence Grose said: “Richmond Pool is a leading example of how a facility and its staff can easily become more dementia friendly.

“We hope this work will inspire others to do the same.

“In Richmondshire there’s a positive approach to dementia which, with help from our support network will prove it is possible for those with dementia to live well.”

The alliance is hoping to support local businesses to become dementia friendly for more information contact