St Leonard’s Primary benefit from Dementia Friends session

St Leonard’s Primary benefit from Dementia Friends session

St Leonard’s Primary School in Padiham, took part in a Dementia Friends information session recently having heard about the opportunity during delivery of BFCitC’s Schools’ Healthy Eating Programme.

Burnley FC in the Community are passionate champions of the Dementia Friends scheme, offering the programme to schools and groups across the East Lancashire region. The charity also run a monthly Dementia Café in the Jimmy McIlroy Stand at Turf Moor, on the first Wednesday of the month from 1-3pm.

The year 5 class from St Leonard’s Primary had been reading a book called ‘Who let the Gods out’, a story that centres around Elliot, a young boy who is struggling in school due to his secret second life as a young carer for his mother who is living with dementia.

The Dementia Friends information session gave the children a real insight into what the characters in the book were dealing with and how they may be feeling.

St Leonard’s Primary Teaching Assistant, Mrs Brown said: “The session was great, really informative and there were lots of different tasks that really got the children thinking and engaged.”

“Learning about the topic gave the children a good insight into what the characters in the book were going through.”

BFCitC Healthy Lifestyles Manager, Charlotte Griffiths said: “Through our delivery of the Schools’ Healthy Eating programme, St Leonard’s Primary found out about the Dementia Friends information session’s we offer. They felt the children would really benefit from learning more about the topic, while at the same time gaining a further understanding of the book they were reading at the time.”

“BFCitC’s Health department have a wide range of sessions that we offer to primary schools on varied topics to support learning. I am delighted that having delivered the Dementia Friends information session to 22 children at St. Leonard’s, we have now created over 100 Dementia Friends so far this season, increasing both awareness and understanding of Dementia.”

If you are interested in booking a free one-hour Dementia Friends information session for your school or group, contact Healthy Lifestyles Manager, Charlotte Griffiths on c.griffiths@burnleyfc.com or call 01282 704 716.