South Norfolk pupils raise awareness of dementia

Pupils at Diss High School have been helping to promote dementia awareness, to their fellow pupils, through a series of morning assemblies.

The students performed a play, that they had written themselves, highlighting the difficulties faced by those living with dementia.

The nine pupils have been working with South Norfolk Dementia Action Alliance to become Dementia Friends and were keen to share what they had learnt.

South Norfolk Cabinet member Yvonne Bendle said: “This is the first event of its kind in South Norfolk, and we hope we can replicate this success across other high schools in our district. It’s important that people of all ages understand the challenges of living with dementia and are aware of the coping mechanisms that can be used to make life easier”.

The South Norfolk Dementia Action Alliance, which is funded by the Big Lottery, is working with MTM Youth Services and the South Norfolk Youth Advisory Board to begin the roll out of the Dementia Aware Youth initiative.

All attendees of the assemblies will receive a certificate to show they are part of the Dementia Aware Youth initiative.

Dementia is arguably the biggest health crisis facing the UK : across England there are an estimated twenty-one million people who have a close friend or family member with dementia. While in Norfolk, there is an estimated 16,400 people with the condition.

For more information or to get your school involved please contact Emma Brookes on 01508
533945 or email