Cleveland Police Cadets have been helping local people living with dementia by organising social events – and raising awareness of the Herbert Protocol.
The protocol encourages carers, families and friends of people with dementia to hold information about them that can help the police find them if they go missing.
All of the Cadets have received training to make them Dementia Friends – and they have organised a number of social events at local care homes.
They organised a special screening at Redcar Cinema, enabling a group of local people living with dementia to enjoy a film experience which included the Cadets dressing as usherettes to escort people to their seats.
They also put on an afternoon tea party, with mementos from the Second World War, at a school in Redcar. The school children put on play set in times gone by which helped the people living with dementia reminisce about old times – and afterwards, the Cadets served tea, coffee and cakes.
As a result of this work, the Cadets won a national award for social action, beating off competition from other units nationwide.