Dementia Friendly Award – 30 November 2016
National Dementia Awards 2016
Haringey Sixth Form College were one of three finalists for the Young Persons Contribution of the year 2016. Our students who are already Dementia Champions, were invited to the Dementia Friendly Awards in Church House Westminster Abbey on 30th November 2016. This particular award was for a young person or people, 25 or under, who have taken direct action on Dementia in some way in their local community, online, professionally or at a national level.
Whilst the college did not win, we were acknowledged for the good work that we are doing to raise the awareness of Dementia amongst young people in the community and its effects on individuals, families and the wider community. The event was hosted by Angela Rippon and attended by Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State
The 2012 challenge sets out how the Government wants to see society at large, including the NHS, social care, voluntary and community services respond to the challenges that Dementia presents over the course of this parliament. For health and social students embarking on a career in health and social care many will work with people affected by dementia or in the community.
The Government recognises that young people are key stakeholders in that respect we are also part of the Prime Minsters Champion Group on Dementia Friendly Communities- Young People Thematic Group. The day was really interesting, meeting different people, hearing stories from people with living dementia and listening to how young people around the college are getting involved with the challenge
Russ Lawrance College Principal commented “It was an fantastic achievement for the staff and students to have their outstanding work in this area recognised by being shortlisted for this prestigious national award. I know that though their own work, not only have they have raised their own levels of understanding of this condition, but have also been able to reach people who were worried about dementia and encouraged them to confront their concerns and even come to the Alzheimer's Society for help and support. I am excited to see how the staff and students develop this in the future”.
The students have done us proud and have worked hard hence the nomination for the award. Well done to Yasmin, Karolina, Beasy, Maria and Shenice.