Community gets moving for Jewish Care in Dementia Awareness week

18 May 2021

39 JFS pupils are taking part in the ‘Get Moving in May’ challenge to raise awareness and funds to help Jewish Care support people living with dementia.  Later this month, the JFS pupils will take part in the ‘Run Together Marathon’, with each student running one mile to complete the marathon together.

“One mile might not make a big difference to me but could mean a lot to someone else. All our miles together can help many more people,” says Year 7 pupil, Rafaela Paley.

Keeping active plays an important role in staying healthy. This is why Jewish Care is encouraging the community to keep moving whilst raising awareness and funds to help support people living with dementia. The charity launched the projects with young people and businesses during Dementia Awareness week in May.

"It is fantastic to see JFS students supporting Jewish Care and Dementia Week through their collective marathon run," says Mrs Rachel Fink, JFS Headteacher. "Supporting students to give to others is a cornerstone of JFS values to make a positive contribution in this world."

There are currently over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK.  Two-thirds of people with dementia live in the community while one-third live in a care home.

Participants of the Yoni Jesner Volunteer Awards programme are also walking or running 5k throughout May as part of the campaign and will be doing so with a Jewish Care resident or client in mind to keep them inspired.

It’s not just younger members of the community who are involved in taking part. Employees at Clifford Chance law firm have been putting in the miles to ‘Slay 20k in May’ and over 100 employees at HSBC and Ability Network took part in one of Jewish Care’s Dementia Friends sessions.

To date, Jewish Care has delivered Dementia Friends training to over 925 members of the community, training them how to understand dementia better and make small changes that make a big difference to people living with dementia in our communities.

Funds raised from the community projects will help Jewish Care to support many older people living with dementia and their families in the community and in the charity’s care homes and retirement living apartments.

Rachel Miller, Jewish Care’s Community Engagement Manager, says, “We are so pleased that members of the community are getting involved from a young age in raising awareness and funds to help us to support people living with dementia and their families. It’s so important that we all have a better understanding of dementia so that we can make small changes to build kinder, friendlier communities for people living with dementia.”