Pupils from a Dunstable school have become Dementia Friends after attending a special training afternoon at a local care home.
Caddington Village School took part in the information session held at Caddington Grove, our care home in Dunstable, and learned about what it is like to live with dementia.
Dementia Friends is a Government backed initiative run by the Alzheimer's Society and currently has around 2,500,000 members in the UK.
The nationwide scheme raises awareness about dementia and encourages participants to take small actions within the community, ranging from keeping in touch with someone living with dementia, to simply being more patient when out and about.
Kelly Cox, Caddington Grove's Dementia Friends Champion said that anyone, of any age could become a Dementia Friend.
She said "Living with dementia can make doing the simple things, such as catching the bus or doing the shopping quite challenging. But as we go about our daily lives we often don't think about that. We want to inform as many people as possible, of any age, how we can make small changes which will make a big difference to the lives of someone living with dementia. It is fantastic when young people become involved in the project, because they are the next generation and a key part in ensuring we all have a dementia-friendly future. I know the students are keen to share their new learnings with the rest of the school, and they might even do an assembly on how to become a Dementia Friend."
Throughout 2019 our Caddington team look forward to creating many more Dementia Friends. Our next Dementia Friends Information Session will take place on Sunday 13th January at 11am, during our Thinking About Care event at Caddington Grove - if you'd like to join us for this event you can reserve your space by contacting us on 01582 320750 or email [email protected]