Since the summer of 2014 the Blyth Academy has been working with the Alzheimer's Society towards becoming a Dementia Friendly School. The aim is to educate by raising awareness of dementia to enable students, staff and the wider community to support people living with dementia.
The Blyth Academy is only the second school in the whole country and the first in the North East who has committed to taking a whole school approach to becoming a Dementia Friendly School.
In September five staff volunteered at the Alzheimer's Society Memory Walk on the Quayside in Newcastle Upon Tyne and presented medals to those who completed the walk.
All staff and a large number of students have already become Dementia Friends and over the coming months the rest of the students will also follow suit by becoming Dementia Friends. In November three staff and ten sixth form students became Dementia Friends Champions who will run their own awareness sessions in the academy and further afield.
A Christmas Gathering took place on Friday 12th December 2014 for people living with dementia and their carers/family member. The event included live music, afternoon tea and a chance to chat and Alzheimer's Society staff will also be in attendance should people wish to chat with them. To read more click HERE.
The Alzheimer's Society Dementia Advisor is now based in the OLC on Wednesdays and in the near future their Befriending Service will also have a base in the Academy.
The Academy is currently exploring many other ways that they can be "dementia-friendly" inside the school and in the wider community with the Alzheimer's Society.