A residential home in Birkenhead will open its doors to the public with the launch of a brand new dementia coffee shop.
Park House Care Home has created ‘Tram Stop at Park’ - a unique meeting place based on a bygone age, when trams first operated in Birkenhead.
The coffee shop has two rooms; the first for socialising and with information on hand about memory loss and support for different conditions; the second simulating the experience of stepping into and travelling on a Birkenhead tram, complete with authentic sound effects from the late 1950s.
Home Administrator Kelly Bryan said: “Birkenhead was the first town in the UK to have working trams & with the Home Manager, Nigel Godman, being new to the area he, along with Four Seasons, wanted to create a dementia friendly coffee shop that reflected the true history of its location.
“It was also important to create an environment that those living with severe dementia would feel safe, whilst still enjoying the closest experience they could, to when they were younger..”
Tram Stop at Park will be open to the public every Tuesday from 10.30am-12.30pm and every Thursday from 2.30-4.30pm. There is a small charge of £3 per person, which includes refreshments.
Residents at Park House will also be able to enjoy their new tram area throughout the week when it is closed to the public.
The experience will also include the chance to see tram memorabilia from the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society, which will be on permanent loan and display at Park House, and visitors will also be able to watch historic footage of the trams.