Secondary Schools

2. Embed dementia across the 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 Sandwell College:

Sandwell College have held Dementia Friends Information Sessions for over 300 of their students. The sessions, led by volunteer Dementia Friends Champions are interactive. Participants learn more about dementia and how they can make a difference.

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The impact of dementia awareness goes beyond the College, particularly since the Health and Social Care students complete work placements as part of their course.

Keith Davies, who organises work placements for the students:

"Dementia Friends sessions are beneficial as they give students confidence and a better understanding of dementia"

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Abbie Shepherd is 16 and is on placement at a local day centre. Most of the people who attend the centre have dementia. She now feels more confident about supporting someone with dementia who is distressed and has put her knowledge into practice:

"I learned how much people with dementia can do, I was surprise. But they still need help in certain areas - I can help them in those areas."

Another student, Majestee Connor-Paul, 19, is also on work placement but has found that the sessions helped her understand her grandad, who has dementia:

"I'm happy to calm him down and I won't get frustrated as much."

The college are now looking to encourage more staff to become volunteer Dementia Friends Champions to make the programme sustainable.