Training creates new team of supporters
At The Radclyffe School we are seeking to equip students with the skills to help and support people with dementia. More than 300 students and staff have attended a training event, which qualifies them as Dementia Friends. The course helps students and staff to understand the causes and symptoms and the actions they can take to reassure people they may know or meet.
Dementia Friends is an idea from the charity Alzheimer’s Society. Everyone who becomes a friend has simply found out more about how the disease might affect a person. Armed with this understanding they can do small things to help; they might be patient with someone in a shop queue or spend time with a family member living with dementia.
Students in Year 8 have become ‘friends’ this term, adding to the group who trained last year and who are now in Year 9. We also have four students who are able to assist in delivering the training. Year 10 Year Manager Mrs Imeson, one of our Dementia Friends Champions said, “We now have more than 300 ‘friends’ in school. If everyone just takes one small action to help someone or raise awareness, it will make a big difference to many people’s lives.”
Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common but not the only one. The specific symptoms that someone with the disease experiences will depend on the parts of the brain that are damaged and the disease causing the dementia.
If you would like to know more visit the Alzheimer’s UK website at alzheimers.org.uk