Get involved with Dementia Action Week at your school
20 - 26 May is Dementia Action Week – here we have advice on how to get involved for teachers, pupils and staff. There are many exciting, fun and educational ways to take action on dementia.
Dementia Action Week guide for schools - PDF
Get inspired to take part in Dementia Action Week. Print or download our guide, including tips for putting on an event and details of the materials we have available to order.
4 ways to take part in Dementia Action Week at your school
Here are some ways you can get involved in the Week and join the growing number of people and schools uniting against dementia:
1. Visit a care home or local group
Arrange for your class to visit a care home or local group and see the difference your pupils can make. Whether it is organising a group sing-a-long, performing a play or any other activity, by connecting generations and building relationships, you will enhance quality of life, build a closer community and teach young people valuable life skills and challenge perceptions, all whilst having fun.
- Find and contact services in your local area to see how you could get involved
‘It has been lovely watching the children interact with the elderly people and seeing how they connect. They have really enjoyed their company and the project has been very enjoyable for us all.’ - Sunshine Pre-school Manager, Bristol.
2. Hold an assembly or lesson on dementia
Host an assembly or lesson with a special guest such as a person with dementia or invite your local Dementia Friendly Community group to come in and talk to you about their commitment to people in the local community and how they are making a positive difference for people affected by dementia. Your assembly or lesson could teach your pupils how to have a conversation with people affected by dementia, or the small actions they can take to make their community a more inclusive place to live.
3. Run a Dementia Friends Information Session
Dementia Friends sessions can run at any time and aren’t just for assemblies. Information Sessions are free, interactive, hour long sessions about dementia. Your pupils will learn five key messages about dementia and commit to helping people living with dementia in your local community. Sessions fit perfectly during PSHE lessons, after school or part of a youth programme for the year ahead.
We have plenty of ideas to help you fundraise during the Week. You could host a bake sale or a raffle and involve PTA and school councils. The vital money you raise will fund ground-breaking research and help us to support everyone affected by dementia.