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07 June 2018

Carlisle Library to launch new Tovertafel for adults with dementia and learning difficulties

The Tovertafel (Dutch for ‘magic table) is a ceiling mounted projector that projects light games onto a standard table surface will be installed at Carlisle Library.

The games support people living with mid to late stage dementia and adults with severe learning difficulties. It is engineered to encourage instinctive participation, inviting engagement and stimulating a level of physical and social activity rarely seen in people living with dementia at that stage of their journey.

The games have been developed specifically for use by people at different stages of dementia or with varying learning difficulties, and they can be played both independently and in groups.

The games consist of a series of interactive light animations that are projected on to the table to help motivate the mind and inspire those living with dementia to be more active.

The new Tovertafel at Carlisle Library is only the second ‘magic table’ to be launched in a library in the country, the first being in Hillingdon Library in London in November 2017.

Cllr Deborah Earl, Portfolio Holder for Public Health and Communities, said:

“This is fantastic news for local people with learning difficulties or who are living dementia and their families - it’s a fantastic facility which will make a difference to the lives and happiness of those using it.  The installation of the Tovertafel in Carlisle Library demonstrates the council’s commitment to creating a dementia friendly community. 

“The Tovertafel will also help to foster a sense of community for local people living with dementia who can feel socially ostracised - that is not the case here in Cumbria and we aim to pilot this project in Carlisle with a view to expanding our dementia services across the county.”

Following the launch, library staff will demonstrate the Tovertafel to Care Home staff to provide support to service users and the general public.


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The Tovertafel (Dutch for ‘magic table) is a ceiling mounted projector that projects light games onto a standard table surface will be installed at Carlisle Library.