Young People visit our Memory Café with the National Citizen Service
The Alsager Partnership were recently approached by a young man (Matt Harrison) from Alsager School, who along with other members of his family became Dementia Friends during this year’s Dementia Action Week (May 20th - 25th) to help them support a family member who is living with dementia.
Matt was taking part this summer in the NCS - National Citizen Service (a voluntary personal and social development programme for 15–17 year olds) in a group of other teenagers from Cheshire aiming to take part in a variety of social action projects.
Remembering what he had heard about the Memory Café and our recent acquisition of the Tovertafel (magic table). Matt suggested the 15 strong team could come along to the café in the Summer and talk to our regular visitors about their lives and stories as he often did to his grandad.
We were delighted to welcome them and it was really special to see the group, who had never met any of the people before, engage so well and receive such a positive response. This is a really good example of connecting with young people and helping them to understand the challenges that face people living with dementia and their families.
Later, their leader Annalisa Townsend said that they were all keen to learn more about dementia and hopefully they will all become dementia friends, even the ones who don't live in Alsager
Team Photo at the Memory Cafe
Team leader is Annalisa Townsend front left. Back row 5th from the left is Matt. The team is made up of young people from across Cheshire East.