Eighty eight members of the 1st Kesgrave Cub Scouts Suffolk are now Dementia Friends having taken part in a Dementia Friends Information Session led by the East of England Co-op in partnership with Alzheimer’s Society Suffolk and Sue Ryder.
When the opportunity came up, the East of England Co-op’s Community Engagement Manager and Dementia Friends Champion Sharon Harkin, jumped at the opportunity to deliver a Dementia Friends session to young people. “It’s really important for young people to understand what dementia is and how it can affect their own families. I wasn’t sure what to expect from all the young faces staring back at me but the Cubs were amazing – they sat still for nearly an hour, on the floor, and were so engaging and afterwards were very proud to wear their stickers so that people knew that they were now Dementia Friends.”
8 year old Evie said that as a Dementia Friend “she would be kind and take care of a person with dementia making sure they were safe and had no accidents.”
10 and a half year old Dave said, “As a Dementia Friend I will be kind and helpful and be patient if someone was struggling to do everyday things.”
Karen Trickey, Cub Scout Leader, Wolsey Pack 1ST Kesgrave Scouts said: “As a group we work closely with our community here in Kesgrave. We chose to support dementia care due to the increase in people being diagnosed and because we recognised that all of us could come across or know someone living with the disease in our lifetime.
“The Cubs are at the right age to learn, understand and recognise differences in others and how to support them. Everyone who took part in the Dementia Friends Session thoroughly enjoyed themselves and have learnt something new to take back to their families and wider community. We will continue to support those living with dementia to have a good and safe life.”