Students and staff celebrate work uniting against dementia

Students and staff celebrated the volunteering and research going on at both The SU and University in association with the Alzheimer’s Society with a spectacular novelty cake. The research themed cake, complete with books and an edible magnifying glass, provided a wonderful opportunity to gather in The SU and commend the work being done to unite against dementia. 

Created by cake artist Zoe Burmester, the novelty cake was kindly donated to the Alzheimer’s Society by Oak Furniture Land after opening a new store in Bath. 

Eve Alcock, RAG Chair and next SU President said “The Alzheimer’s event was a brilliant chance to see all the different ways the University and The SU are working to support the Alzheimer’s Society”.

“From research, to dementia friends, to fundraising, seeing the university community unite to fight against dementia and Alzheimer’s was brilliant. The cake was absolutely stunning too”.

The SU is striving towards helping create a dementia friendly community and therefore it is vital that there is more support and understanding of dementia. This has inspired student volunteers at The SU to get involved with the Alzheimer’s Society. 

The SU Volunteering team have been working closely with the Alzheimer’s Society this year, having recruited over 60 students to volunteer for their new Side by Side initiative at the Royal United Hospital. This invaluable initiative helps people with dementia get out and about doing what they love with the help of a volunteer. 

Volunteers have also run Dementia Friends sessions throughout the year, which gives people a greater understanding of what it’s like to live with dementia and turn understanding into action. Over 20 students and staff are now Dementia Friends at The SU.

The Alzheimer’s Society will be one of student group RAG’s Big 4 charities next academic year who they will spending the year fundraising for to support the charity in continuing their vital work. 

Chris Atkinson, Operations Manager for Alzheimer’s Society in Bath said “I’d like to say a massive thank you to the SU for hosting this event”.

“The SU is incredibly supportive of our Side by Side service at the Royal United Hospital in Bath and works hard to promote Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends initiative to students across the university”.

“It was fantastic to also meet the researchers we fund and hear about the work they are doing around Alzheimer’s disease”.

“Finally, I have to say thank you to Zoe Burmester who created an amazing cake which was kindly donated to us for this event by Oak Furniture Land”. 

The SU are also partnering with the Dementia Action Alliance in working towards The SU becoming the first dementia friendly students’ union.