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Newent children bridge the gap over dementia

By Ben_Falconer  |  Posted: May 25, 2014

icklenash School pupils, front, from the left, Joshua Robertson, 11, Cameron Roberts, 11, and Tom Wood, ten, with Newent pupils Imogen Heath, left, 13, and Olivia Suchucka, 13.

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CHILDREN bridged the gap between junior and secondary school by learning more about reaching out to older people.

Year eight pupils from Newent Community School visited year sixes at the town’s Picklenash Junior School to run a dementia awareness workshop.

Lin Griffiths, executive headteacher of Picklenash, and neighbouring Glebe Infant School said the two sessions were valuable for the children from both schools.

“The sessions have enabled our pupils to be more aware of what dementia is, how to deal with it, and how it should not be something which stigmatises people,” she said.

Some 49 year six pupils became ‘dementia friends’ as a result of the course, which was led by the year eight students and their teacher Di Harrill.

“It was also lovely to see some of our former pupils back at the school,” said Mrs Griffiths.

“We saw how well they had progressed and they really helped ease the transition for our year six pupils for when they move up in September.”

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