The Frank Gillen Centre’s Divis Youth Project have launched their new drama production ‘Dementia Divis’ at Cullingtree Meadows, the newly opened Supported Housing development for people living with dementia in Belfast. ‘Dementia Divis’ is a podcast film produced by ‘Kids In Control’ as part of a project pairing young people from Divis Youth Project and members of Dementia NI.

The event on Tuesday 18/12/18 commenced with a carol service from St Joseph’s Primary School followed by the premier of the Podcast.

The project funded by the Big Lottery ‘Awards For All’ was facilitated by physical drama group ‘Kids In Control’ with the support of local Dementia NI members and hopes to promote greater awareness around the very relevant issue of dementia within society. The young people worked closely for over 12 weeks with people living with a dementia diagnosis, participating in a dementia awareness sessions and workshops involving dance and drama, the result being a very positive and beneficial experience for all concerned.

Dementia NI member June Graham who lives with dementia participated in the project and felt it was a fantastic experience,

“If we could all be a little bit kinder and more considerate to people with dementia, it would make life so much easier and safer for people like me who are still living within the community. When people actually know that you have dementia, they will bend over backwards to help. I find that everywhere I go, that makes me feel safe and supported.”

Danny Power, Development Manager of Frank Gillen Centre stated,

“Congratulations for the efforts of the young people involved in raising what is an important and growing issue within our local community.”

Gemma Irwin, Cullingtree Supported Housing Manager welcomes the intergenerational project,

“This is a very exciting project for us all to be involved in. The podcast will help raise awareness of the new Cullingtree Meadows complex building upon the links between the Divis community and people with dementia within the local area, helping to bridge the gap of the local youth and people living with dementia now residing in Cullingtree Meadows.”

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