12th September 2018
York College has been working with Dementia Forward, a local charity that supports people living with dementia in North Yorkshire. Earlier in the year the charity participated in a Health and Wellbeing event at the College, helping to raise awareness of the impact of the illness. More recently higher education Graphic Arts students donated artwork which was presented at the first York Dementia Action Alliance Dementia Friendly Awards.
Fiona Andrews from Dementia Forward is delighted see York College students becoming involved in dementia friendly projects: “A huge thank you to the Art & Design students who generously donated their fabulous art work to the York Dementia Action Alliance Dementia Friendly Awards. It was lovely to be able to award pieces of Art and Craft to the winners, demonstrating the inclusive nature of the awards, and they were so well received. We look forward to working with York College on more dementia friendly initiatives in the future.”
Rob Baxter, Head of Art & Design at York College said: “Dementia affects most people, through family and friends and it was heart-warming to see how organisations and individuals are working to increase awareness of dementia across the city. It was a great pleasure for York College to be involved in these awards and especially for our degree-level Graphic Arts students to have an outlet for their work, which was so appreciated by the award winners.”
York College is planning more dementia awareness sessions for student group tutorials throughout the coming year.