Young At Heart ULO, based in Teesside, offers activities and peer support for people with memory problems, or a diagnosis of dementia, and their carers. Meeting in venues across Teesside on a weekly basis, the groups meet to take part in a range of physically and cognitively stimulating activities, while carers get to meet in a different room in order to get the support that they need from each other, or carers can use the opportunity for respite or other appointments.
Our Version of Events ULO, also based in Teesside, offer regular social activities to people with learning disabilities aged 18 years and over. Meeting on a weekly basis for either their social night or their Incredibowls Bowling League, the members take the lead in their choice of activities. Carers don't need to attend, as the group offers the unique opportunity to be treated and respected as an independent adult.
In 2016 a small number of members from each group came together for a day trip to Beamish. It offered the members of Young At Heart ULO the opportunity to impart their knowledge of the past to the younger members of Our Version of Events ULO, while members of Our Version of Events ULO benefitted from supporting older people to access the living museum.
Both groups would like the opportunity to visit the museum together again and, as the membership of both groups has increased since the original visit, they need to raise additional funds in order to support the trip.