Huntcliff School has become the first in the area to become a member of the Dementia Friendly Redcar & Cleveland Project.
On Tuesday 18th June 2019, learners took part in sessions as part of the ‘Dementia Friends’ project, which was launched to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding that means that many people with the condition experience loneliness and social exclusion. As established Dementia Friends, learners learned more about what it’s like to live with dementia and the small ways in which they can help. On Monday 10th June and Friday Friday 28th June, staff were also trained.
Project Lead Brian Rowcroft, who delivers the sessions as Dementia Champion, said, “it is fabulous that the school is supporting so many young people in becoming Dementia Friends and allowing them the opportunity to learn a little more about living with the condition.”
“It is such a great opportunity for us as a school and the local area to achieve being a member of the Dementia Friendly Project” said Mr Greaves, Life Skills Coordinator. He went on to say, “is very important that our learners are aware of these types of illnesses as it may affect their lives in some way now or in the future”.