BFCitC’s December Dementia Café session was brimming with festive cheer recently as attendees were joined by a choir from Castercliff Primary Academy.
The local school partner with Burnley FC’s official charity on the Premier League Primary Stars programme, and prior to the fantastic, festive performance, pupils took part in a dementia friends training session delivered by Burnley FC in the Community’s Charlotte, where they learnt about dementia and how it affects those with a diagnosis, in addition to what we can do as a community to help those living with dementia.
After completing the training, the pupils who were aged between 6-11 years, were presented with their dementia friends’ badge and pledged what they will do as a dementia friend.
Blu, aged 10 said “As a dementia friend I will help people with dementia by raising money for charity.”
Alexia, aged 9 said “As a dementia friend I will tell people so the word spreads about what dementia is. If one of my family ever gets it, I will make sure I spend more time with them to see how they feel.”
Maria, aged 11 said “As a dementia friend I will go home and tell my family and that will help them understand what that person is going through.”
Chelsea, aged 7 said “As a dementia friend if anyone got dementia in my family, I will help them by making a scrap book with fun memories in it to help them remember.”
After the dementia friends training session, the pupils made their way into the dementia café session where they met with participants and introduced themselves. The choir then took to the front of the room where they performed various Christmas carols, the room was filled with festive cheer and both café participants and school children enjoyed the day.
BFCitC’s Head of Health and Wellbeing, Abby Turner said: “Events such as this are important, it was such a simple, yet effective session. Having the choir in to perform at the café was amazing, there was lots of singing in the room, you could see the joy it brought not only to those with a dementia diagnosis but their carers too.
“The pupils from Castercliff were brilliant – not only with their choir performance but how they engaged with Charlotte during the dementia friend’s session, you could see they really want to help others and that’s what those sessions are about.”
Brianne Turner, Head of Primary School Engagement at BFCitC said: “A big focus of our Premier League Primary Stars programme this year is Social Action. We are aiming for the children we work with to understand our community and the needs people have where they live. The Dementia Café event brought this to the forefront, by inspiring children and helping them to understand how to engage with people living with Dementia in their local area.”
BFCitC’s Dementia Café runs at Turf Moor on the first Wednesday of the month from 1-3pm and provides a safe, comfortable and supportive environment where people with dementia and their carers can come together and share experiences. Alongside activities, the café also offers carers and people with dementia a chance to get information, advice and talk to others in a similar situation. For further details about the Dementia Café or how to become a Dementia Friend contact Head of Health and Wellbeing, Abby Turner on firstname.lastname@example.org.
48 local primary schools currently engage with Burnley FC in the Community on the Premier League Primary Stars programme, with the aim being to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills. For information on Primary Stars click here or contact Head of Primary School Engagement, Brianne Turner on email@example.com.