We are delighted to announce that Upper Sixth student, Daisy, has been named the Inspiring Young Person of the Year at the Dementia Friendly Awards.
Created in 2013 by the Alzheimers Society, the Dementia Friendly Awards celebrate individuals, organisations and communities leading and inspiring a change that will transform the lives of people with dementia forever, challenging misunderstandings, changing attitudes and taking action.
Daisy was inspired by her time volunteering at Nazareth House Care Home for her Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh awards to start a programme of free art workshops for people with dementia and their carers, as part of her participation in her Gold Duke of Edinburgh award.
Initially, Daisy attended a specialised arts training seminar put on by the charity Arts4Dementia, before interviewing and recruiting art facilitators and persuading a local councillor to provide the Hammersmith & Fulham Town Hall as a free venue. A local importer of art supplies donated paints and paper. With the help of Libby Ross and Katya Sloboda-Bolton, Daisy successfully organised a series of art workshops in a local Ravenscourt church hall in November last year. The greatest effort of all has been reaching out to the Dementia community through local churches, GP offices, day centres, Alzheimer UK, Carer Network, community champions,NHS, memory clinics, AGE UK, FISH Barnes, Resonate Arts, Dementia Pathfinders and Arts 4 Dementia. With generous funding from Age Unlimited the project has expanded to 25 Art Workshops in venues across London from Hammersmith Town Hall, to Barnes, Richmond, to The Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea. Daisy is currently working on expanding the workshop programme to be delivered in a chain of care homes across London
The whole of Godolphin and Latymer would like to congratulate Daisy on her fantastic achievement.