Tovertafel (which means Magic Table in Dutch) is a series of games for people with moderate to severe dementia and adults with severe learning disabilities, encouraging them to instinctively participate in order to stimulate both physical and social activity. The games consist of a series of interactive light animations which are projected on any table and which motivate the mind and inspire those living with dementia and/or learning disabilities to be active. Tovertafel was developed during the ongoing PhD research of our Dutch friend Hester Le Riche in collaboration with dementia care homes and therefore closely matches their needs and capabilities.
For more information please visit www.tovertafel.co.uk
John set up a socially responsible company, Shift 8 Limited, to improve the lives of those living with dementia after caring for his father whose own dementia journey started when John was just 12. John was previously a corporate lawyer at Linklaters LLP (and also worked at Unilever and Goldman Sachs). John has recently introduced Tovertafel (which means Magic Table in Dutch) into the UK which is a series of games for people with moderate to severe dementia encouraging them to instinctively participate in order to stimulate both physical and social activity. The games consist of a series of interactive light animations that are projected onto any table and which motivate the mind and inspire those living with dementia to be active. John has recently been featured in the Guardian.
Mehdi moved to London from France 2 years before founding Shift 8 Limited together with John. In his past professional life he had spent 15 years as Export Area Manager for a SME developing and manufacturing hygiene products for the farming and food-processing industries. While he found it exciting to work with over 30 countries and deal with cultural differences he also felt it was time to shift his career towards a more social and meaningful aim. Though dementia is not predominant in his family he could appreciate, through his friendship with John, how beneficial and unique Tovertafel is and the experience he could bring to the project.