160 pupils at St Chad’s primary school in Uppermill, Oldham were recently trained up to be ‘Dementia Friendly’ by local home care company Home Instead Senior Care. The session, which took place during dementia awareness week, was well received by both pupils and teachers. Mick Sheehan, managing director of Home Instead said ‘we’ve been delivering dementia awareness sessions to adults in Oldham for about 3 years as part of our community work but decided to try and do something with the next generation to see how it would be received. We approached St Chad’s, where my children attend as pupils and was my school some 30+ years ago, and they were very interested’. Mick added ‘the children actually surprised us with what they already knew about dementia but what worked really well was that the children asked all the questions adults are too scared or embarrassed to ask. The session worked very well.’
Mrs Hilary Henderson, the deputy head said ‘Thank you for your assembly on becoming Dementia Friendly. It was interesting to see how many children were aware of Dementia and their knowledge and understanding already in place. Your approach was sensitive and engaging which encouraged pupils to reflect, share and think about their role within society, too.’
Pictured: Mick Sheehan & Debra Sparks from Home Instead, pupils and 1 x teacher (Tony has their names) on their return visit this week with prizes for the ‘dementia friendly’ poster competition which had been set by Home Instead in the initial session and a ‘dementia friendly’ certificate for the school.
If other schools or organisations are interested in becoming dementia friendly then give the team at Home Instead a call on 01457 874566.