To mark this year's Dementia Action Week, Norwich School held its second Dementia Awareness Day on 21st May.
During the last week of half-term, Norwich School and Norfolk charity Friend In Deed joined forces again to celebrate Dementia Action Week and to increase awareness of those living in our community with dementia.
We were delighted to host Friend In Deed founder Kelly Lindsay for the event, who ran training sessions offering the opportunity for parents and staff to become Dementia Friends. This training aims to highlight some common myths and misunderstandings surrounding the disease, and offers practical advice for supporting people living with dementia. Friend In Deed has done great work within Norfolk to help forge links between the generations, through a number of events and activities. Their "Little Visitors" scheme encourages families to visit their local care home to spend time with residents, an activity which has been proven to benefit both the older generation and the children and parents who visit them. Norwich School pupils have also been visiting their local care home to give musical performances, and to volunteer as part of our Community Service and Making Musicians programme.
Our Dementia Awareness Day created 12 new Dementia Friends for Norwich, who have all pledged to take some form of action to help raise awareness. Pupils and staff also got involved by holding a cake sale in aid of the Alzheimer's Society, raising £95.
We are looking forward to welcoming Friend In Deed for our second Intergenerational Sports Day on 30th June. More information about Friend In Deed can be found here.