Posted on: Friday 21 September 2018
More than 200 pupils and staff at Greenmeadow Primary school have completed Alzheimer’s Society’s awareness training and have become Dementia Friends by learning about dementia and what life is like for people living with condition.
Today, a launch assembly was lead by Headteacher Mrs Moses, who welcomed residents from Ty Gwyn Care Home, assembly member Lynne Neagle , Cllr Mandy Owen and Torfaen well-being officers. Lynne Neagle AM (who is chair of the National Assembly for Wales Cross Party Group on Dementia), presented the school with the award at the special assembly that coincided with World Alzheimer’s Day. Lynne congratulated all Greenmeadow Primary School pupils and staff for becoming the first primary school in Cwmbran to become Dementia Friendly.
Lynne said, "I would like to say a massive well done to Greenmeadow on achieving this dementia award and becoming the first primary school in Cwmbran to become dementia friendly. I do a lot of work for people with dementia in the Assembly and I know it makes people with dementia happy when they hear of young people like yourself committing to do something themselves to learn about dementia and what life is like for people living with the condition. I would like to say a big thank you from me and the Assembly. Well done!"
All the children have been reading 'The Elephant That Forgot', which aims to help them understand dementia from a young age.
Jessica Shave, a Year 6 pupil said, “ Today was a great experience and I’m very proud of Greenmeadow Primary School’s achievements and what we have accomplished. I liked it when we had people from Ty Gwyn Care Home and I’m excited about performing there as part of the school choir. I am proud to say we are a Dementia Friendly School.”
Dylan Stephens, a Year 5 pupil said, “ Today has been a great day to celebrate becoming a Dementia Friendly School. It was very nice to have some residents from our local care home join us for our special assembly. I think it’s important to learn about the illness and how we can help people suffering with dementia. I have enjoyed today and believe it is a very good experience.”
Councillor Mandy Owen, executive member for children and young people, school governor and Torfaen’s dementia champion said, “I am really proud with what the children here at Greenmeadow Primary School have achieved. All the children in the school have played their part, and we hope that more schools in Torfaen become dementia friends.”
Torfaen was one of the first areas to be accredited as a Dementia County. Torfaen Libraries, tourist attractions such as Big Pit, as well as many traders and businesses across the borough have all become Dementia Friends. For more information on becoming a dementia friendly business, email firstname.lastname@example.org