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Wickambrook Primary school pupils learn to become dementia friends for the elderly




Pupils from an academy took part in training to be Dementia Friends and are now looking for a care home to visit in the area.

Tony and Jo Gearing, of the charity YOPEY, gave an assembly about befriending lonely elderly people with dementia to Wickhambrook Primary Academy.

YOPEY mainly works with secondary schools and currently has Dementia Befriender schemes running with schools like County Upper.

Pupils from Wickhambrook Primary School with their certificates saying they are trained as a dementia friend.
Pupils from Wickhambrook Primary School with their certificates saying they are trained as a dementia friend.

Mr Gearing said: “These younger children were very attentive, and took in everything my wife and I had to say about how to befriend people living with dementia.”

All the children wrote pledges to be kind to people living with dementia, to help them and listen to their stories.

Ros Towns, headteacher, said: “Both the assembly and the follow-on workshops provided an excellent insight into the experiences of people living with dementia. Our children are now looking forward to the prospect of supporting dementia patients and the elderly in a local care home.”

YOPEY is looking for a care home that has a minibus that can be used to collect children to visit its residents.


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