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WATCH: Primary pupils learn about dementia

Children in west Cumbria are learning how to cope, when grandparents or other relatives develop memory loss as part of Dementia Awareness Week.

Pupils at Maryport Church of England School gained a hands-on approach to learning how memory works - and how it can be stimulated. The aim is to help them understand what an older family member could be going through. Matthew Taylor reports.

Volunteers needed for new West Cumberland Hospital

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Volunteers are being sought to help out at the new £90million West Cumberland Hospital when it opens this autumn.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is holding a recruitment drive next month to encourage people to find out more about what being a volunteer involves.

Volunteer roles are varied but the Trust is especially looking for approachable people to meet patients and visitors when they enter the hospital, answer queries and be a welcoming face.

The volunteers’ recruitment drive takes place from Tuesday 2 to Friday 5 June 2015 to coincide with Volunteers’ Week 2015, which runs from 1 to 7 June.

Volunteers from across North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust have also been invited to events held in both Whitehaven and Carlisle next month to meet volunteers from other departments and celebrate the contribution they make.

“The opening of the new West Cumberland Hospital is an incredibly exciting time for the community and volunteering to be a part of it is a great chance for local people to get involved. “We already have a fantastic team of volunteers working throughout the Trust and the events next month are a way of the Trust thanking them for their time and commitment, and for volunteers to meet volunteers from other departments.”

– Claire Unwin, volunteer and charity development officer North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Anyone interested in volunteering at West Cumberland Hospital and booking a place on the recruitment event to find out more should email or call 01228 814567.



Mental health in the workplace

According to the Time for Change campaign, nine out of ten people with a mental health condition experience discrimination.

And some charities believe the stigma around mental health is felt more keenly in the workplace.

Research from the Institute of Directors found 75 percent of businesses don't have a mental health policy, and only 7 percent have discussed mental health with their staff.

One service user at MIND, the mental health charity in Kendal, says stigma in the workplace is still commonplace, and that she lost her job because of a mental health condition:

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