Ysgol y Gorlan pupils and DementiaGo work out together

Date: 21/05/2018
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With Dementia Action Week held from 21 to 25 May, pupils from Ysgol y Gorlan in Tremadog have recently been learning about and the condition and little things that people can do to help support people living with dementia.

Pupils from year 3 to 6 pupils from recently took part in the ‘Dementia Friends’ sessions which were delivered by Emma Quaeck, Gwynedd Council’s DementiaGo Project Manager. DementiaGo offer physical activity opportunities and support for people living with Dementia along with their caregivers.

She said: “I had such wonderful welcome from the school, with teachers and pupils being really keen to understand more. By helping to raise awareness with children about this disease we can help to remove the stigma that comes along with dementia.”

Following the information session, year 5 and 6 pupils then attended the DementiaGo activity class at the Council’s nearby Glaslyn Leisure Centre where they had the opportunity to meet people living with dementia whilst taking part in physical activity with them!

Emma added: “The response from the children was unbelievable. They were so caring and wanted to get to know our regular class members, one of the pupils asked if he could join the class every week when he’s not in school.

“The adults thoroughly enjoyed having the children in the class. It was a joy to see everyone working together and it’s certainly something we’d like to do more of with other schools.”

For more information about Gwynedd Council’s DementiaGo Project contact  Emma Quaeck on email: emmajaynequaeck@gwynedd.llyw.cymru or call 07768 988095.

PHOTOGRAPHS:

1 – Ysgol y Gorlan pupils with Emma Quaeck, Gwynedd Council’s DementiaGo Project Manager

2 – Pupils from Ysgol y Gorlan taking part with regular class members at Glaslyn Leisure Centre, Porthmadog