Solihull College students have been supporting local dementia patients by creating a display of memories at a Solihull care home.
The youngsters on the Prince’s Trust programme have been working with the users of the Family Care Trust Planning Opportunity Day Centre in Bentley Heath to help with their long term memory.
The team of nine students have been helping the centre to create a wall of memories.
The group asked people at the centre for old photos – for which they received over 200 – and a small selection were then framed and hung on the wall. The students have also filled the room with war time memorabilia and comfortable chairs.
One member of the team, Jess Fagan, was so moved by the work, she is now hoping to work further with patients who have dementia – a condition which is expected to affect 850,000 in the UK during 2015.
The 17-year-old student, who has been working closely with centre user Les Bicknell, said the work has boosted her confidence and helped her to see what a difference working with dementia patients can make. “This project has really inspired me,” she said.
“I have grown really fond of the people here, especially Les.
“By talking with him and seeing how appreciative he and the others are, it’s made me see I can make a difference to others.”
Les praised the work of the young team. “I have never seen such a group of people work so hard,” the 69-year-old said.
“They have done an amazing job and I would employ all of them straight away.
“They have made a vast difference to the centre,” he added.
“It is always a pleasure to come here and with the new back room, it is something we can all enjoy immensely.
“I can’t thank the team enough.”
n To find out more about the Prince’s Trust Team programme at Solihull College, go to www.solihull.ac.uk or call 0121 678 7000.