Nurse sets up friends group

Stockport Express - - Travel -

A STU­DENT nurse has been mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence in her com­mu­nity by run­ning de­men­tia ses­sions to lo­cal res­i­dents and schools in the area.

The De­men­tia Friends ini­tia­tive aims to change the way peo­ple act, think and talk about the con­di­tion, so ev­ery­one gets the care and sup­port they need.

Mum-of-one Gemma Thomas, from Bredbury, be­came a De­men­tia Friends cham­pion when her lec­turer wanted to make her Ch­ester Univer­sity cam­pus more de­men­tia-friendly.

Gemma, 35, has done a ses­sion in Romiley med­i­cal prac­tice and at Wer­neth High School.

She said: “I did a ses­sion with some stu­dents who are part of an al­ter­na­tive cur­ricu­lum scheme. They were re­ally en­gaged, which was re­ally en­cour­ag­ing. My daugh­ter, Maisie, and her friend Han­nah, who are both eight, have even been do­ing their bit by talk­ing about De­men­tia Friends at one of their as­sem­blies at Wood­ley Pri­mary. It was re­ally well re­ceived at the assem­bly and I am hop­ing to go in to the school and do an in­for­ma­tion ses­sion.” »»Visit de­men­ti­afriends. org.uk for more in­for­ma­tion.

●»Gemma Thomas

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