Befriending members of the community with dementia


  • 30 young people
  • 16 to 25 year olds
  • Long-term ongoing project

Royal Cornwall Hospital set up a Young Dementia Support project, supporting young people to work alongside patients who have dementia. Volunteers get to know each patient and engage them in activities tailored to patients’ individual interests and abilities. Dementia Volunteers can also provide reassurance to family members that their loved one will receive the personalised care they need.

Run by: Supported in schools and colleges by Health and Social Care Teachers, project ran by Royal Cornwall Hospital Young Volunteer Coordinator

Other attributes developed: Empathy, understanding of dementia, using initiative

Reflection: Students are supported throughout the project to reflect on the skills gained and encouraged to use this in coursework, CVs and UCAS and job applications.

Links to curriculum learning: Can be used as part of Health and Social Care placements

Opportunities to link to career-related learning: Employees could be invited to speak to the students about the range of careers within the healthcare sector. Links to Gatsby Benchmarks 5 and 6 - Encounters with employers and employees, and experiences of workplaces

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