Dementia Action Week Beamish

21st May 2019

BEAMISH MUSEUM DEMENTIA ACTION WEEK TRIP

Today we took a group of students from all year groups to Beamish Museumto take part in Dementia Awareness Week.

Our pupils visited for one of three reasons: they were performing in our choir for the public and for residents of Eothan Care Home; they were meeting their pen-pal who they have been writing to from Eothan Care Home; or they have trained to become a Dementia Friend and they were putting their learning in to action.

A fabulous day was had by all with highlights including meeting the care home residents, performing for the public in The Band Hall, taking part in a lesson at the Beamish Board School, having complimentary rides at the funfair, and exploring the Pit Village and The Town.

We feel like our students have really progressed their knowledge of Dementia and that this inter-generational project has really helped to break down barriers between generations and allow our pupils to view things from a different point of view. Our pupils loved meeting the Eothan residents and learned a lot from them.

Thank you to Miss Westgarth for all of her hard work in organising the letter writing and the trip itself. Thank you to Mrs Gibson for rehearsing the fantastic choir performance. Thank you to Miss Jones and Miss Hillam for accompanying us.

It's all about making the world a better place. As 101 year old resident Lesley told our students today 'I hope the World is a better place when you're all grown ups'.