Giving Young People A Voice
Young Peoples Project Manager in Schools and within the community raising aspirations and developing innovative pathways towards improved communication and higher achievement.
- 9 July 2017
- East of England
- Children Young People and Students, Education Sector, Local Authorities, Local DAA Members, Schools
- Local Alliances:
- Ipswich Dementia Action Alliance
1. Action Plan
1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?
I have delivered numerous sessions to schools and young people raising awareness of dementia. I believe it is essential that young people are made aware at an early age of what dementia is and how, despite all the negativity it is possible to live well with dementia. Young people are our future and their awareness is critical in how we dispel the myths surrounding this disease.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
The challenges are dispelling the myths and fears that when one has dementia life stops. It is so important to understand that you can live well with dementia and that there is more to the person than the disease itself. I show many videos to the young people I present to and these all help in their understanding.
To visit more Schools to make young people aware of dementia and become dementia friends
- Being implemented
To raise awareness and promotion in Schools and the community of Dementia Champions with the aim of having a School Dementia Champions.
Singing for Dementia
I am in a Choir and Singing is a great way to help people living with dementia express themselves. During dementia week I conducted a singalong on a bus with 2 members of our choir which was very successful - this could be repeated in dementia care homes. My intention would be to set up a small splinter group of the choir to undertake this action.