Banstead Library launches new magic table for adults with dementia

Residents and staff at Banstead Library celebrated the launch of the award-winning innovation from the Netherlands.
The Tovertafel – Dutch for ‘magic table’ – is a ceiling mounted projector that projects light games onto a standard table surface. Picture contributedThe Tovertafel – Dutch for ‘magic table’ – is a ceiling mounted projector that projects light games onto a standard table surface. Picture contributed
The Tovertafel – Dutch for ‘magic table’ – is a ceiling mounted projector that projects light games onto a standard table surface. Picture contributed

The Tovertafel – Dutch for ‘magic table’ – is a ceiling mounted projector that projects light games onto a standard table surface. These games are interactive, immersive games that can be played sitting down by a group of people, they encourage social contact, movement and are both relaxing and fun.

Banstead Library staff held an open day last week where members of the public got the chance to see the technology in action and try it for themselves.

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The Tovertafel supports people living with dementia as well as adults with learning disabilities. The games and activities respond to hand and arm movements and are designed to stimulate physical activity and social interaction, inspiring those living with dementia to be more active.

Banstead Library was chosen as the location for the Tovertafel as it is part of a working group to help make Banstead a dementia friendly village.

The aim is to work with organisations such as Age Concern, care homes, the local Community Link Officer, and Community and Prevention Officer to bring together community workers and organisation who will support and help residents living with dementia, and their carers.

Surrey County Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Customer and Communities Councillor Denise Turner-Stewart said: “We are delighted to introduce the Tovertafel at Banstead Library and offer this vital immersive experience to local residents and their families – it’s a fantastic tool that will be not only be a source of joy and entertainment, but which will also make a valuable difference to the lives of residents with dementia in Surrey. 

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“The installation of the Tovertafel demonstrates Surrey County Council’s commitment to creating a dementia friendly community where no one is left behind, and showcase our libraries are re-imagined spaces that provide so much more to residents than just books.”

To find out more about The Tovertafel, or to register your interest, please contact Banstead Library via [email protected].

Find out more about Dementia support in libraries: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/libraries/health-and-wellbeing/dementia.