Dementia Awareness Badge Design Competition 2023
GHLL are really excited to be launching our latest competition for all pupils of our county’s schools and colleges.
Are you aware of the three KS2 lesson plans and the Key Stage 3/4/5 lesson plans which GHLL has written, in collaboration with the county’s Dementia Training and Education Network, to raise awareness and understanding of dementia?
Did you know that the lessons will help you meet the RSHE statutory requirements?
Did you know the project enables discussion around themes such as acceptance, empathy, equality, diversity and difference?
Would your pupils enjoy the opportunity to design a badge which might then be created for pupils across our county to wear?
The winner of the Badge Design Competition will see their design created into enamel badges, which will then be awarded to pupils who complete the learning about dementia. Gloucestershire’s NHS dementia team have kindly offered to fund the production of these enamel badges.
This unit of work can be integrated into your school’s PSHE curriculum and can even be used as an intervention to go towards gaining your healthy school award. The lessons are engaging, involving active learning for the pupils, and no prior knowledge of dementia is required. Your GHLL Lead Teacher can support you further with this…or you can pick up the resource and go!
National Dementia Action/Awareness Week is 16th – 22 May, so this may be a good time to deliver the lessons, or to run your competition in school after completion of the sessions. The closing date for all entries will be Monday 12th June (please see attached flier for further information of the competition).
The GHLL team look forward to hearing about your work around building understanding and awareness of dementia with your pupils. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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:
'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.
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
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.
• 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.
Dementia Memory Boxes PowerPoint - Di Harrill, Newent Community School
- Dementia Review Worksheet
Useful Charities, Organisations, and Articles
Dementia Training and Education Strategy for Gloucestershire - created & edited by the Gloucestershire Dementia Education Team.
- Happiful article - Intergenerational living: what is it and how can it improve our social relationships?
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