The museum's guiding principle is to preserve an example of everyday life in urban and rural North East England and it was chosen, in part, because it is widely recognised as being a dementia friendly location.
Twenty three people living with dementia, twenty three carers / family members, eight police cadets and four instructors went on the trip, participating in workshops and tram rides, and the cadets engaged well with the elderly and their carers throughout the day.
Feedback from the day was very positive, with everyone thoroughly enjoying themselves. It was a rewarding and invaluable experience for all involved and complimented the hard work that the cadets are already putting into dementia awareness.
Special thanks goes to the PCC's office who generously covered the admission into Beamish and the coach travel, meaning that there was no cost to the care home.