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LISTEN: Teenagers become 'dementia friends'

LISTEN: Teenagers become 'dementia friends'

Published at 9:33am 11th April 2017. (Updated at 9:34am 11th April 2017)

Students in Harrogate are helping to raise awareness of dementia and tackle the stigma associated with the condition.

St Aidan's High School and Harrogate High School have joined forces with Ripon-based Dementia Forward to promote better understanding among all age groups.

The teenagers have also taken part in fundraising events to support the charity's work.

Hear them talking about the project on Stray FM's Your County show:

Netty Newell, Operations Manager at Dementia Forward, said: "You only know what you know, and if nobody is willing to be open and talk about the issues that we're facing within society, then we're not going to get the right support to be able to deal with those, and to start young, hopefully they'll be able to bring that knowledge through life.

"They're the people that are going to make sure that dementia is normalised and part of the community, so by investing in the youth of today, we'll hopefully break down that stigma in the future."