Margaret Hollands with boys from Beavers
Many more children now understand dementia better thanks to Margaret Hollands, who is an Anna Chaplain and Dementia Friends Champion in the Diocese of Rochester.
‘A Million Hands’ is a partnership between the Alzheimer’s Society and the Scouts Association through which youngsters learn about dementia and what actions they can take to make a difference in their communities and helps them achieve their Community Impact badge.
‘In July, when I was at the monthly Dementia Friendly Service held at St Matthew’s Church, Wigmore, Gillingham, Kent, I was asked if it would be possible to run some Dementia Friends sessions for the local Beavers, Cubs and Scouts,’ said Margaret, who is also an Anglican Lay Minister (LLM).
‘The training was organised for three evenings at the beginning of October with two other Dementia Friends Champions from the Diocese and help from others within the church who are also involved with dementia activities.
‘The sessions were lively but with lots of discussion in small groups and with support from the leaders. Over the three evenings, we had 107 youngsters and 24 adults who became Dementia Friends. We also heard that a number of them went home and talked to their parents and shared what they had heard.
‘It was a privilege to be involved with this and to be able to raise awareness of dementia with the younger generation,’ she said. Many congratulations to Margaret and her colleagues on their achievement.