Way back in September, the Pupil Voice, decided that they would like to plan a Dementia Awareness Day.
Pupil Voice is a group of children chosen by their peers to represent them. We meet termly to plan charity and community days throughout the year.
Leading up to our Dementia Awareness Day, we set ourselves a challenge – a collect 20 Twiddlemuffs to donate to people in Shropshire who are living with Dementia. Twiddlemuffs are designed to help dementia patients. People with dementia often have restless hands and like to have something to keep their hands occupied. It provides a wonderful source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation and at the same time keeping hands snug and warm. Making one to donate is a great way to use up scraps of wool and fabric, and with an added feel-good factor!
We also arranged a visit from Dementia Nurse Specialist – Karen Breese. Karen spent the morning with the children. Evie & Amy escorted Karen around each class, where she spoke about Dementia, living with Dementia and how we can be Dementia Friends.
Karen brought two Dementia Butterflies which we have displayed in our front playground to show that we will aim to help people living with Dementia.
In the afternoon, we were visited by Eve Whitmore, who runs her own business called Kiddleydivey. As part of her work, Eve visits Dementia patients in care homes to brighten their day and bring back happy memories through music. Eve taught each class a song and dance and spoke to the children about her experiences.
It was an emotive day, highlighting a condition which unfortunately we are all likely to have some experience of. We hope the children gained a little understanding of the condition, how we can make it more bearable to live with and help those affected. Not only did we pass-on our fantastic Twiddlemuffs, we also donated £90, generously donated by the children and their families.
A huge thanks to all those involved.