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Diss High School students campaign for dementia awareness




Pupils at Diss High School have been helping to promote dementia awareness through a series of morning assemblies.

PIONEERS: Kieran Murphy, Beth Dennis, Rebecca Hall, Charlotte Button, Callum Nunn and Zinhle Moyo, who took part in the project.
PIONEERS: Kieran Murphy, Beth Dennis, Rebecca Hall, Charlotte Button, Callum Nunn and Zinhle Moyo, who took part in the project.

The students performed a play that they had written themselves, highlighting the difficulties faced by those living with the condition.

The nine pupils have been working with South Norfolk Dementia Action Alliance to become dementia friends and were keen to share what they had learned.

One of the students, Rebecca Hall, said: “I chose to be a part of this campaign because I think more people need to be aware of dementia and help people living with it to get more information.

“Hopefully, it has helped a few people and they will try to pass on what they have learned to others.”

Yvonne Bendle, cabinet member for wellbeing on South Norfolk Council, said: “This is the first event of its kind in south Norfolk, and we hope we can replicate this success across other high schools in our district.

“It’s important that people of all ages understand the challenges of living with dementia and are aware of the coping mechanisms that can be used to make life easier.”

South Norfolk Dementia Action Alliance is working with MTM Youth Services and South Norfolk Youth Advisory Board to begin the roll out of a Dementia Aware Youth initiative.

Across England, there are an estimated 21 million people who have a close friend or family member with dementia. In Norfolk, there are around 16,400 people with the condition.



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