Today we went to the Workmen’s Hall in Blaenavon for a Dementia Friendly Training Day to meet people who have dementia, and to learn about how it affects someone’s body and the impact it has on their life.
We were very lucky to meet Gavin, who was happy to share his story with us. He was diagnosed with dementia 10 years ago when he was 53. He told us all that he wasn’t living with dementia… dementia was living with him! It was really interesting to learn about how it affects him and how he gets on with his daily life. We were given ‘dementia friend’ badges, and also leaflets to take back to school, so that we could learn more about dementia.
After a snack we all went in to the cinema to watch a film called A Miracle on 34th Street. We really enjoyed it and it got us all in the christmas mood!
Later that afternoon our Little Voices group met with residents from the Arthur Jenkins Care Home, Busy Bees and local people from Blaenavon for a Christmas Party, which brought all of the generations together. We all had refreshments and made Christmas cards and decorations, before meeting Father Christmas, who gave us a Christmas present which was a chocolate Santa!
We finished off the afternoon by singing Jingle Bells to all of the group. We had a really interesting day and learned a lot about dementia and people in our community.