Community work helps students understand more about dementia

Residents from Elm Tree Court came into College recently to join our Health and Social Care students. Elm Tree Court is a residential home near us that specialises in dementia care and we’ve been embedding the theme of dementia across many of our subject areas to help our students understand it more, and to explore this theme in their studies.

The students ran an arts and crafts session for the residents, where they made Valentines cards and indulged in some Chinese crafts in honour of the HICA virtual food cruise which is currently docked in Hong Kong! The students then showed the residents some of their coursework and enjoyed getting to know them and listening to their stories. Our visitors told us they loved the friendly welcome and felt instantly at ease.

This was a fantastic example of partnership working and how community links work for the common good. At Wilberforce we are very proud of our links to the community and the benefits this can bring to our students. We look forward to meeting up with Our Elm Tree friends over the coming months.