The County Durham open air museum provides award-winning activities for people living with dementia and other long-term health conditions in Clover Cottage, a dedicated space for the museum’s health and wellbeing work.

The Health and Wellbeing Team moved to Clover Cottage in The 1950s Town last year, allowing it to expand its programme of activities.  Many group participants have limited walking ability, and some are wheelchair users, so the team identified the need for dedicated wheelchair accessible minibus to transport participants to the cottage to access the sessions.

Local businesses Durham Group, Newcastle Building Society, Stanley Travel, Stephenson Mohl and Ward Hadaway kindly stepped in to help sponsor the much-needed minibus.

Michelle Kindleysides, Head of Health and Wellbeing at the museum, said: “We cannot thank our sponsors enough for their generosity in supporting us with our accessible minibus. It’s going to make a huge difference to our participants and our groups, meaning that we can meet people as soon as they arrive and can support people to get to Clover Cottage easily, reducing any worries that people might have when they arrive.

“We have this amazing new space here at Clover Cottage, but being in the middle of the museum does make it trickier for the majority of our participants to get to us quickly and easily, especially during times when the museum is busy. The mini bus is perfect for what we need!”

The museum’s Partnerships Team arranged sponsorship from local businesses who were keen to support the cause and their business logos are featured on the side of the bus.

Gurpreet Jagpal, Chief Executive, Durham Group, said: “Beamish Museum is a valuable asset and destination for us all in the North East. Making it accessible to as many people as possible is very important and therefore we were delighted to support the funding of this minibus.

“The Beamish Health and Wellbeing Team delivers such an important service to residents across the North East and the combination of Clover Cottage and this minibus will help them deliver more services to more people!”