LSBU raises dementia awareness with ‘Grandma Remember Me’ performance
11 November 2014
On 28 October, Az2b Theatre performed their powerful and emotive
dementia awareness play Grandma Remember
Me to over 400 students at LSBU.
The play, which has been performed twice in the Houses of
Parliament, was performed in front of students from the School of Health and
Social Care as part of the School's drive to improve dementia awareness in
health care and become a dementia-friendly organisation.
The play highlights the importance of relationships and memories
for both carers and individuals with dementia, tackling a sensitive issue in a
thought-provoking storyline based on a young girl's experience of her
The performances, arranged by Professor Lesley Baillie, Florence Nightingale Foundation Chair, were well
received by the students with extremely positive feedback from those in
Audience member and postgraduate student Ellie Warwick said: "I am
really impressed with the content and by how moving it was. I previously worked
in a care home as a Health Care Assistant, and it makes you realise that not
enough people know about the skills you need when caring for people with
The School of Health and Social Care aims to support the national
strategy for dementia-friendly communities in addition to effectively preparing
our students to care for people living with dementia as required by Health
Starting this year, the School has delivered Dementia Friends
sessions to all new Health and Social Care students as part of their University
The sessions introduce the five key messages about dementia and students
are given the opportunity to become a Dementia Friend where they commit to
During September, over 1000 students who enrolled on nursing,
social work, occupational therapy, radiography, operating department practice
and midwifery courses committed to being Dementia Friends.
The School believes that ensuring all new students learn these
five key messages about dementia during their induction is a positive star and
will be built on as they learn more about dementia during their courses.
LSBU's work on improving dementia awareness also involves the
evaluation of Barbara's Story.
is an ongoing collaborative project with Guys' and St Thomas' NHS Foundation
Trust (GSTT) where a film was created to raise awareness of dementia for
GSTT staff, with an additional six films developed.
Lesley presented Barbara's Story and its evaluation at
the first global conference on 'Empathy' which was held in Prague on 7-9 November.
The research team
are currently evaluating the impact of Barbara's Story on the staff at GSTT.
In working towards creating a dementia-friendly community, our
Dementia Champions are now planning to offer Dementia Friends sessions more
widely across the University for both staff and students.