They say that dancing is all about give and take, but for the year five pupils from Windermere School, Cumbria, it is all about giving! An initiative designed to help those living locally who suffer from dementia, the fortnightly dance sessions see young Windermere pupils partnering up with sufferers.

Dancing With Dementia

In association with Dignity in Dementia and The Kendal Dementia Action Alliance, Community Come Dancing unlocks the doors to the past by recreating a ’50s & ’60s atmosphere, stimulating the memories of those who suffer from dementia.

The Headmistress of Elleray, Windermere’s prep division, Mrs Julie King, explains ‘The number of people with dementia in the UK is growing, as is the research pointing to the benefits of bringing the young and old in a community together. Our pupils are learning the dances and finding out about the music and clothes of the ’50s and ’60s, while being educated in how to confidently and positively approach those with dementia in a way that not only maintains, but enhances their dignity’

Service is one of the Five Pillars of Round Square upon which the ethos of Windermere School is built. Students are encouraged to take part in social action that is based on a deep understanding of the challenges and issues faced by both individuals and communities in need of support. 

Community Come Dancing sessions take place at Windermere School, Elleray Campus, on alternate Friday afternoons during term time. It’s open to the whole community and Dignity in Dementia is present to support those with dementia. The next session takes place on Friday 01 November 2019. 

Windermere School is a day & boarding school in Cumbria, stunningly situated overlooking Lake Windermere. It admits pupils from 3-19. Book one of their open days here.