A Thankyou note from The Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey students
We are Year 12 Psychology, Health and Social students. On 24th June 2014, Tracey Schneider from the Dementia Friendly Communities team came to visit us at The Oasis Academy on the Isle of Sheppey.
She told us information about dementia, what it is, who it affects, and how we can help those living with it. In pairs we completed a worksheet to test our knowledge on dementia. We learnt that our initial opinions and knowledge were not always correct and how dementia can be portrayed falsely in the media and news. She also told us about the work of the ‘Dementia Friends’ and how we can become one to make small differences and how to make the lives of those living with dementia easier. We received AWESOME badges and a small booklet to provide further information and show our support for dementia. We learnt so much and are now much more comfortable talking about dementia and it is less taboo and we hope to share our knowledge with others. (Summer 2014)
What happened next
Kelly and Dem attended the Afternoon Tea event held at the Oasis Academy on the Isle of Sheppey. This event was hosted by the school and was attended by local residents from the Barton Court care home and the surrounding area. The pupils did a brilliant performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. After the performance there were opportunities for attendees to have a hand massage or have their nails painted by some of the students who are studying Health and Beauty. The school provided a lovely afternoon tea which included tea or coffee, scones with clotted cream and jam, strawberries and cream. Students who are studying dance presented a cheque for money they had raised and donated it to Barton Court Home.