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Local school children bring joy to people with dementia

It's Dementia Action Week (13 – 19 May) and students from Priory Community School have been spreading joy and making new friendships at Alliance Homes’ Dementia Day Service at Tamar Wellness Centre, delivered in partnership with North Somerset Council.  

The young volunteers regularly visit the centre and take part in fun activities that bring happiness and help build connections across generations with the Dementia Day Service customers. Recently, they've been painting rocks and creating art pieces that symbolise what brings them joy, what they want for the future, or something they're proud of. 

Laura Hayes, Day Services Manager, says: “The young volunteers help enrich the lives of our customers. Interacting with children helps those living with dementia spark memories and encourages communication. It’s heartwarming to see the genuine connections being made and the students’ enthusiasm.” 

13-year-old Roza is one of the regular volunteers visiting the centre. She says:  

“I enjoy hearing past stories of the patients’ grandchildren and children.” 

Carolina, aged 12, added: “I was a bit nervous at first, but they’re really nice and amazing people.” 

The Dementia Day Service at Tamar Wellness Centre supports those in North Somerset diagnosed with dementia. Currently, there are more than 3,000 people living with dementia in North Somerset, however the number is likely to be higher. According to Alzheimer’s Society UK, one in three people in England don’t receive a dementia diagnosis, which is a vital step in making sure they can access the support they need. 

The Dementia Day Service is open five days a week, Monday to Friday, and provides expert support, fun and activities for those over 55 diagnosed with dementia, as well as respite for their regular carers.