Students at SGS College take on dementia video project
STUDENTS have been tasked with producing a film to provide support for people with dementia.
The group of students at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) has been asked to create the five-minute film for South Gloucestershire Council to ease anxiety among people with dementia and inform them about the help available.
The students, aged between 15 and 20, are studying for a Level 1 Diploma in Creative Media at the college’s WISE Campus in Stoke Gifford.
Many of those taking the course have experienced personal difficulties, leading to exclusion from mainstream education, or have learning disabilities and behavioural difficulties.
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For their video project the students captured footage at the Cambrian Green Day Centre, a complex in Yate which supports people with dementia and their carers.
Once complete, the film will be included on the council’s website and screened to users of the centre in March.
Steve Mazillius, media lecturer at SGS College, said: “I’d like to express my thanks to the staff and service users at the Cambrian Green Day Centre for the warm support given to myself and my students when we visited to carry out filming for the video project.
“The experience was of real value to the students. These young people often find everyday encounters with adults very challenging, which made the reception we had at Cambrian Green very welcome, it put them at ease and helped them to perform their tasks to a good standard.
“They were all very positive about the experience at the end, expressing admiration of the service users, one of whom kindly consented to be interviewed by them; his story made a big impression on the group and gave them a positive impression of older people in general and of the services provided by places such as Cambrian Green.
“Perhaps the best compliment they could pay to the experience was that they asked to be allowed to return in future to record more interviews.”