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Dementia Awareness Film - I'm Still Here. 

Everyone having some understanding of dementia will help us all make a difference.

The aim of this film is to raise awareness, and increase understanding, of Dementia and its impact on individuals, their families and the wider community.

This was a collaborative piece of work, created through funding from the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which enabled GHLL to work with Newent Community School; Elmbridge Primary School; the Gloucestershire Dementia Training and Education Network; Gloucestershire police; Barnwood Trust and members of the Forest of Dean Dementia Action Alliance. Carers of people living with dementia also contributed by sharing their experiences.

We would like to thank everyone who has made this film possible, with special thanks going to David Evans (ex-BBC cameraman) who gave much time and great expertise freely.

A video filmed with pupils from Newent Community School, alongside people living with Dementia. Download the video summary.

Shorter video available here..

The Intergenerational Project: Primary

The basis of this project at primary level is three lessons, using content based on the three PowerPoints. However, the project can be expanded to include working with local care home residents, involving activities such as arts and crafts, music, etc. The children can also invite the Alzheimer’s Society into school for a session to train them all up to become Dementia Friends and be awarded their forget-me-not badge. The county’s film about dementia, I'm Still Here, can also be used to support the teaching and learning in this project.


An Introduction to Dementia - Lesson 1

Lesson Objective

To begin to understand what dementia is and how people living with dementia might feel 

Learning Outcomes

I know that dementia affects the functions of the brain 

I understand there are different degrees of dementia

I can begin to consider how people living with dementia may feel


Minimising the Risk, and Delaying the Onset, of Dementia -  Lesson 2

Lesson Objective

To explore the needs of people living with dementia and think about ways in which they can be helped 

Learning Outcomes

I can talk about what I need to make me feel safe, healthy and happy 

I understand what people with dementia may need, emotionally and physically

I can describe some ways to help people with dementia feel safe and secure


Minimising the Risk, and Delaying the Onset, of Dementia - Lesson 3

Lesson Objective

To explore ways we may be able to minimise the risk, or delay the onset, of dementia

Learning Outcomes

I know that there is no cure for dementia, and it is a progressive syndrome 

I can talk about lifestyle choices that may minimise the risk or delay the onset of dementia and 
I know of ways I can support people in my community who might be living with dementia.

Along with the delivery of the objectives set out above, this project also enables children to learn, and practice,the underlying themes of acceptance, tolerance, empathy, respect and an understanding of diversity.


This project is completely flexible. It can be fully tailored to suit your setting and may be condensed or extended as required. Links might be made with local care homes, and GHLL Lead Teachers can support teachers to link with the Alzheimer's Society, where volunteers are able to run hour long sessions with children in schools to enable to children to become Dementia Friends.

Dementia Awareness Badge

All children who complete the project will be awarded a 'Dementia Awareness' badge, designed by a Year 5 pupil of a Gloucestershire Primary School (please contact for further details)

Intergenerational Dementia Project: Secondary

Intergenerational Dementia Project

A resource which offers links to resources which might be helpful for people with Dementia



The word ‘dementia’ conjures negative and fearful images associated with dread and hopelessness. In Gloucestershire, we have worked with many partners to raise a better understanding and awareness of dementia and to show that it is possible to live well with dementia. The most effective strategy that we have discovered – is the younger generation. All of us working with the Intergenerational Dementia Project have been moved and inspired by the way that the children have responded to the issues and challenges facing people living with dementia; their compassion and enthusiasm to make a difference in their community. I would recommend this resources to all schools – you will be surprised and heartened by the impact.

Helen Vaughan - Joint Commissioning Manager

Clinical Programmes Team, Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group



• Increasing knowledge and understanding of dementia

• Awareness of the conditions and their significance for an aging population

• Dementia friendly communities, school and wider

• Supporting people to live well with dementia

• Earlier recognition of possible dementia symptoms

Not only does the project strive to achieve the above, but in doing so it also helps young people to learn the underlying themes of acceptance, tolerance, empathy and an understanding of diversity.



The project is completely flexible. It can be fully tailored to suit your setting. This document aims to provide a collection of ideas that can be used in their original format, or can be edited and developed to suit your particular needs.


Share the Orange - Alzheimer's Research UK

 Bryan Cranson talks about Alzheimers:                          Samuel L Jackson talks about Alzheimers:


 Gloscol Dementia Play

'A Day in the Life' Intergenerational Dementia Project

Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting): Gloucestershire College.  Collaborative Project brings life with Dementia to young people in a unique way.



Dementia Confusion  

HND Performing Arts students at Gloucestershire College were commissioned to create an original performance piece on dementia experience scenarios, to increase awareness of the condition among younger people.

The overarching theme of the piece was, “A Day in the life of Dementia”, and within that there are several scenarios highlighted:

  • Night-time disorientation
  • Personal care and personal space
  • Separation anxiety
  • Repetitious questioning and nonsense
  • Wandering




Ultimately, the project needs to be sustainable and enjoyable. A modest start can be developed year on year, thus increasing confidence, knowledge and involvement within the community.



This project can be used as an intervention towards your GHLL Healthy School award. Even if you have achieved the award, the intervention can be recorded in the reporting tool as evidence of your great work. An example of a baseline assessment can be found in the resources for this pack.


Community Links 


• What is already happening in your local area?

• Links that you already have through school

• School community members with work or family links
Your local council can help to put you in touch with key workers and community builders who can help you make meaningful connections within your locality.


Download the GHLL Intergenerational Dementia Project information booklet here 






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