On 21st June 2019, Dementia Friendly Cowbridge held a DFC day which welcomed over 100 visitors. Students from Cowbridge Comprehensive School felt privileged to be able to support such a great event to ensure it was a successful day for everyone involved. This year was the second time a DFC day has been held and it is looking very promising for the future as the day is going from strength to strength. The day ran smoothly with tea and cakes and stalls including Cowbridge GP’s and library. There were choirs and speeches by Alun Cairns and Jane Hutt. Evan Williams, year 12, played the piano on a keyboard throughout the day creating a lovely and friendly café atmosphere which was well received by the public. Sophie Hawkins and Eve Bird, year 12 students, volunteered that day by assisting visitors. Steven Blackman, Chair of Dementia Friendly Cowbridge, said Eve and Sophie “brightened up the room”.
The feedback from the event was that the volunteers represented Cowbridge Comprehensive School perfectly and it was lovely to have some young faces in the room. The general consensus was people found it beneficial and enjoyed.
As a committee in school we are extremely thankful to be involved in the event and would love to continue this link with the local DFC committee for many years to come. We hope to add to each year to develop the event and support we give. Moving forward, next year the committee will look to see if the school choir and some instrumentalists can perform to add to the atmosphere. Also, we hope to have many more students volunteering to make next year’s event just as successful, if not even better!