Banstead library introduces ‘magic table’ to help people with dementia

The Tovertafel is an award-winning innovation from the Netherlands

The Tovertafel offers therapeutic play for people with dementia and learning disabilities and is part of Banstead Library's commitment to help create a dementia friendly community. The Tovertafel is a piece of equipment that projects interactive games and activities onto any surface.

Specifically designed for people living with dementia, the projection-based games system also has activities for adults and children with learning disabilities.

How does the Tovertafel work?

The games and activities (which are projected onto a table) are designed to stimulate physical activity and social interaction. They also help to stimulate brain activity in elderly people living with dementia but is equally as effective for adults with intellectual disabilities as it connects and challenges them to get the best out of themselves.

Why Banstead library?

Banstead library is part of a working group to 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.

How to book

The Tovertafel is free to use and is available at Banstead Library during regular opening hours. Adults are welcome to come and discover the magic table and enjoy using it with their families or carers. Organisations and care homes are also welcome to make bookings.

To find out more, or to register your interest, please contact Banstead Library via

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