First school in Blaenau Gwent to become Dementia Friendly

Blaen-y-Cwm Primary School in Brynmawr has become the first school in Blaenau Gwent to be awarded the Dementia Friendly logo.

Staff and all pupils in key stage 2 received dementia friends’ awareness training to learn the 5 key messages about dementia and what life is like for people living with the illness.

Younger pupils also learnt about dementia through a story book, ‘The elephant that forgot’. Pupils have been using their new knowledge when visiting local care homes to sing to residents.

The aim is to help increase young people’s understanding of how important it is to support and care for loved ones and neighbours who may be living with dementia.

Blaenau Gwent Council, together with partners, are working towards the whole of Blaenau Gwent becoming a dementia friendly borough. Council staff, police officers, doctors and nurses have all received Dementia Friends awareness training.

Councillor John Mason, Blaenau Gwent Council’s Executive Member for Social Services said: “I am particularly proud of this achievement and I will be highlighting this at the next convenient meeting of Blaenau Gwent Council so that everyone will know about the caring and supporting pupils and staff in Blaen-yCwm School. Well done everyone.”

Rachel Rees, Housing Manager at Tai Calon said: “It was an absolute pleasure to work with the school. The pupils were engaged and teachers were enthusiastic and supportive of this initiative. It’s great to be working in our communities, making a difference!” She added; “Together we are able to help make our community a more kinder and understanding place to live.”