Primary Schools

3. Embed dementia across your curriculum

Make a difference in your community

Schools are uniquely placed to help change the lives of local people living with dementia. By embedding dementia awareness throughout school life you can empower young people to take action and change the lives of local people affected by dementia.

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Spotlight on Llanfaes CP School

Students at Llanfaes CP School in Brecon have helped make their local community dementia-friendly. From students acting as awareness ambassadors for younger children, to creating a sensory garden with local care home residents, young pupils at Llanfaes are making a difference in their local community. They were recognised for their efforts by winning the Youth Contribution category at last year's Dementia Friendly Awards.

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Hold a fundraising event

While teaching your pupils about dementia, embed their learning by getting involved in Alzheimer’s Society fundraising events! Throughout the year we have tons of fun events that your school can join us in – from dressing up as elves at Christmas (Elf Day) to rising to the challenge and baking cakes (Cupcake Day), as well as uniting with us by holding your own Memory Walk!  

Spotlight on Sacred Heart Primary School

Sacred Heart Primary School in London, held an Elf Day fundraising event whilst also holding a Dementia Friends Information Session. This resulted in over 200 young elves learning about dementia and the ways that they can help improve the lives of people affected by dementia.

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Maggie, Year 4:

"It's fun to dress up in Elf costumes and help raise money for the charity. I wanted to learn about dementia because it's interesting"

Alfie, Year 4:

"I've learned that when you have dementia it's not just about forgetting, it affects a lot of other stuff too. My Grandad has dementia so I'm glad we're helping."