Fernhill Dementia Care Home

Partner: Fernhill Dementia Care Home
Partner type: Community Group
Project category: Volunteering

Four Sixth Form pupils, usually considering a medical career, spend two hours every Monday afternoon, helping staff in a dementia home.They organise activities that stimulate the residents, as well as simply talking to them.

Aims of the project

To support the residents of the home.

To offer potential medical students firsthand experience of a widespread condition, and to improve their communication skills (often in difficult circumstances).

Background and goals

Canford School approached the home offering pupil help.


Apart from taking the pupils to the home, no Canford staff are involved. Pupils are under the direct management of the home's staff while they are here helping.


Informal feedback from the home indicates that the help offered is useful.

Pupil involvement

Given the nature of the home, only Sixth Form pupils are involved. They are mostly potential medical students.

Frequency and duration

Two hours every Monday afternoon throughout the academic year.