Barnoldswick pupils are dementia friends

Adults back row from left, Dementia Friends Champion Kath Haydock, councillor Jenny Purcell, Dementia Friends Champion Gill Dickson and teaching assistant Louise Catlow who runs the school Eco Club - Staff and pupils at St Joseph's RC Primary School, Barnoldswick, have been working with Dementia Friends Champions, with dementia awareness lessons and meeting people who suffer from the condition.
Adults back row from left, Dementia Friends Champion Kath Haydock, councillor Jenny Purcell, Dementia Friends Champion Gill Dickson and teaching assistant Louise Catlow who runs the school Eco Club - Staff and pupils at St Joseph's RC Primary School, Barnoldswick, have been working with Dementia Friends Champions, with dementia awareness lessons and meeting people who suffer from the condition.

Pupils from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Barnoldswick have become some of Pendle’s youngest Dementia Friends.

It’s the first school in Pendle to be involved in the roll out of Pendle Council’s Dementia Friends campaign.

Dementia Friends are people with an understanding of what it’s like to live with dementia or care for someone with the condition.

Thirty pupils aged between seven and 11 from the school in West Close Road attended an awareness session in November.

And the pupils have been working at Cravenside Home for Older People, in Lower North Avenue, making pumpkins and working on the garden at the entrance of the home to make it more colourful.

Coun. Jennifer Purcell, who has responsibility for Communities and Public Health, said: “We’re delighted that St Joseph’s School is supporting our Dementia Friends initiative.

“It’s run by the Alzheimer’s Society which aims to develop a network of one million dementia friends across the UK by 2015. Pendle Council is getting behind the initiative because we want to make the borough a dementia friendly community.”

Louise Catlow, a Teaching Assistant at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School and Ecool Club Leader, said: “We were thrilled to be asked to be the first school to take part in the project. Pupils who attend Ecool, our environmental and eco-friendly after school club, took part.

“The children enjoyed the experience as the trainers gave a fantastic understanding of dementia and how it affects many families.”

More information about the national Dementia Friends initiative is available at www.dementiafriends.org.uk

You can also contact Kath Haydock at Pendle Council on 661607 or email kath.haydock@pendle.gov.uk