Warden Park and the Mid Sussex Dementia Friendly Society were runners up in the Best Dementia Friendly Educational Initiative category at the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friendly Awards on Wednesday September 16 in Trinity House, London. The award was recognition of the work done by both the academy and society in educating young people about dementia, its effects on those living with it, their families and how to help in day to day life. The collaboration started in November 2014 with six Year 9 classes attending short talks about dementia as part of their Learning for Life curriculum. These were followed by several interactive activities between members and students. Feedback at the end of each lesson showed a huge leap in understanding of dementia and the breakdown of barriers between the members and young people. In total 180 students and eight members of the MS Dementia Friendly Group have been involved. The awards were attended by Mr. Alex Lickorish, Director or Learning for Life and RE at Warden Park and Year 10 student Allan Kay.
Mr. Lickorish said “The partnership with the Mid Sussex Dementia Friendly Group has provided a very positive experience for our students, some of whom have first hand experience of the condition. It has helped to dispel some of the myths and empowered both the students and those living with it to talk honestly about their experiences. The plan for 2015/16 is to expand the project to cover all ten of our year 9 classes. This means that by July 2016, approximately 480 of our young people will have taken part in the project and be dementia friendly.” Visit www.alzheimers.org.uk/dementiafriendlyawards Report and picture contributed by Warden Park Academy.