Students Support Memory Café with Dementia Booklet

16 September 2016 | Childcare, Health & Social Care, College News

Attendees of the Memory Cafe put the booklets to good use

City College healthcare students are helping to support those suffering with dementia by producing a booklet for a memory cafe.

As part of their unit on dementia care, the level three students researched and wrote about the effects of the condition on an individual. The booklets, which were given to the Tavistock Memory Café, provide information to support the newly diagnosed and their carers.

Tavistock Memory Café offers information and support to people with dementia, their families and carers. The café is an informal and social environment where those affected can learn new skills, undertake meaningful activities and listen to others’ experiences.

“850,000 people in the UK are living with dementia,” said Emily Davis, Healthcare lecturer at City College. “According to the Alzheimer’s Society one person every three minutes develops the disease. Plymouth is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence in dementia research and the students are utilising this expertise to help those affected.”

“The students did such a good job with the booklets, I thought it would be great to use them within the local community and Tavistock Memory Café seemed the perfect place. We’ve had an incredibly positive response towards the students’ work and are really pleased to have been given the opportunity to help.”

June Wildman, Coordinator/helper at the memory cafe said: “I am really impressed with the booklets the students created. They are so informative, helpful and eye catching. I’m proud to have them on display. Many of the people who come to the café are struggling to come to terms with their diagnosis and having the information at their fingertips is very helpful. ”

Booklets by Ellie Harding and Chloe Beaven Smith are permanently on display in the café. Both students have gone on to study healthcare courses at university; Ellie is studying Nursing and Chloe Occupational Therapy.

If you are interested in a career in healthcare or any of the child, social or health care courses at the College it’s not too late! Come to a Course Information Drop-in being held every Wednesday in September 4.30pm – 6.30pm, at Kings Road. Visit our events page or call 01752 305300 for more information.

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