Students become 'dementia friends' after charity visit

Health & Social Care students were given an insight into the realities of living with dementia during a visit by Gillian Davies, from Alzheimer's Society.

Gillian is an information worker for the charity, which is the UK's leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers.

She gave a presentation to Year 12 & 13 students about dementia and answered their questions about the condition before giving them contact numbers to allow them to gain work experience in the future.

The students were also sent a link to allow them to carry out a further study session about dementia care so they can achieve an official certification, and presented with badges to wear with pride, which identifies them as a 'dementia friend'.

Mrs D. Bennett, Health & Social care teacher, said: "Gillian was very professional. She delivered a wonderful presentation and answered all of the questions the group asked with ease."

Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition.


Posted on January 28, 2016 .