Bray students work together to learn about dementia

Students Lauren Foley and Eva Elmes, from Loreto Bray, pictured with Pauline Moran at an interactive demonstration in Saint Joseph’s, Shankill.© Barry Cronin

Tom GalvinBray People

Transition Year students from Loreto Bray joined students from St Joseph’s Cluny, CBC Monkstown, Oatlands College and North Wicklow Educate Together to celebrate a new educational partnership between Saint Joseph’s Shankill and the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland (ASI).

The partnership, named Creating a Dementia Inclusive Generation’ Transition Year (TY) Programme, offers a TY programme comprising of six sessions to schools in the area, which combines Saint Joseph’s in person TY information and awareness sessions with the online e-learning course which was co designed by The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and DSIDC (Dementia Services Information and Development Centre).

Speaking at the launch, which took place on the grounds of Saint Joseph’s Shankill, on Wednesday, May 10, Nicola Yau, Saint Joseph’s, Volunteer and Community Manager said: “Saint Joseph’s Shankill is delighted to partner with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) for the school year 2023/2024 to build on the success of the ASI’s dementia inclusive generation among Transition Year students in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown’ and North Wicklow.”

National Community Engagement Manager with The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Cathryn O’Leary, echoed Nicola’s sentiments, saying: “Working together with Saint Joseph’s Shankill and other future partners throughout Ireland, on the Creating a Dementia Inclusive Generation Transition Year Programme, will educate young people about dementia, remove stigma, and inspire positive engagement with people living with dementia.”

Interested schools within North Wicklow area can contact Nicola Yau on: / + 353 1 2823000