Children from Treorchy Primary School recently visited our Health and Wellbeing Centre to spend time with people living with dementia and their families.
The school pupils attended the weekly activities morning at the Centre, based in Ysbyty George Thomas, where they joined in with knitting, crafts, darts and indoor boules.
The group, which meets every Tuesday morning, is designed to support individuals living with dementia and their carers by providing the opportunity to make friends, socialise and receive peer support.
It was the first time the pupils had visited the activities morning and they spent time learning new skills and playing games before singing a number of songs for the group.
The visit was organised by the team at the Centre as part of their work to involve the community in the care and support provided at Ysbyty George Thomas. The team felt that both the pupils and the group members would enjoy spending time together and learning from each other.
Hayley Cartwright, dementia advisor nurse, said: “It was fantastic to have the children visit our activities morning and see them interact so well with our regular group members and learning new skills. It’s really important that the Centre is part of the community and we were very grateful to the school for taking the time to visit us and to sing to the group. I know their visit brought a lot of joy to our clients and we’ll be looking to arrange more visits in the future.”
Julie Denley, Assistant Director for Mental Health, said: “It was such a lovely morning for everyone involved. Seeing the two generations come together and learn from each other was brilliant and we would like to extend our thanks to Treorchy Primary School for helping organise the visit.
“As a Health Board we’re really keen to work with our communities to improve understanding of mental health, including dementia, and this kind of partnership working with local schools will help to achieve this.”