Cadets get to grips with dementia

12 Feb 2016 12:37 PM

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Volunteer cadets in Northumberland have received specialist training in dementia as part of Hate Crime Awareness Week.

Northumberland Volunteer Police cadets took part in a training session by the Alzheimer's Society at Cramlington Learning Village where they learned how to better understand the symptoms and warning signs of dementia and the best ways to communicate with someone who may be suffering fom it.

The cadets were given an informative presentation on dementia and the work of the society before a practical session took place and they are now official 'Dementia Friends'.

As Dementia Friends the Cadets have learned what it is like to live with dementia and will now turn their understanding into action when out and about in the community.

Chief Inspector for Northern area command, Nicola Musgrove, said: "The cadets work well together and enjoy learning new skills which they can use throughout their lives. This specialist training means they can also help others, who may need on the spot assistance.

"The cadets do excellent work in the community, representing the force and are also a real credit to Northern Area Command."

Northumbria Police Volunteer Cadets join the scheme aged 14 or 15. Senior Cadets are aged around 17 and 18. For more information about the scheme visit the Northumbria Police website

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