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Oasis Academy Brislington on ITV News!

Oasis Academy Brislington on ITV News!
Oasis Academy Brislington on ITV News!

Oasis Academy Brislington recently gained well-deserved recognition on ITV News for their efforts in raising awareness about dementia. The project, led by Ms E Bidgood, PE Teacher and Active Leaders Lead, as part of the Student Academy Council community strand, has been making a significant impact over the past 18 months.

Through Ms Bidgood’s guidance, students from the academy have been visiting local care homes in Bristol, including the Robinson House Care Home in Stockwood, to bring companionship to the residents.

The students' visits typically involve chatting with the residents, playing games, and organising events like 'mini-Olympics.' These activities provide entertainment and gives the students an opportunity to build meaningful connections with the elderly residents. The students have been praised for their positive influence on both the residents, as they create a vibrant and supportive atmosphere.

The academy's dedication to raising awareness about dementia was acknowledged and they were awarded with the prestigious ‘Barbara Award.’ This award, named in honour of Barbara Hall, a local nursery nurse who devoted her life to children and later passed away after being diagnosed with the condition, celebrates contributions to dementia awareness.

Students attending the visits have expressed the fulfilment they get from these visits. "It brightens up the residents' days," one student remarked, while another added, "It's something nice to do after you see the joy on the residents' faces." The residents also voiced their appreciation, stating that the students are "all needed" and "so invigorating."

Maria Jones, an organiser at Robinson House Care Home, commended the students for their thoughtful interactions with the residents. "The students interact so well with the residents," she said. "They plan their activities according to the needs of the residents, who adore the students coming in, which actually helps them understand dementia better."

Ms Bidgood highlighted the importance of the visits, saying, "I think it's important to have discussions and raise awareness about things such as dementia with our students on a regular basis. By engaging with the residents and learning about their experiences, the students not only bring happiness to the care home but also gain a deeper understanding of dementia and its impact on individuals and their families."

This initiative is a shining example of how intergenerational interaction and community engagement can make a profound difference.

Watch the segment on ITV News here - https://www.itv.com/watch/news/pupils-and-care-home-residents-learn-together/4296jtm.

Oasis Academy Brislington on ITV News!
Himali Dolatessim