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Young poet impresses in Partnership’s summer newsletter

A moving poem on the subject of dementia, written by a local 17-year-old, is the highlight of the just-published summer edition of the Partnership’s newsletter.  

Partnership Matters features news from across the organisation, including the latest on a tobacco-free future for Aberdeen, a write-up on this summer’s successful Golden Games, and a very personal take on the role of the unpaid carer. Also included is news on an initiative to make Aberdeen Scotland’s first autism-friendly city, an update on how our Localities are shaping up, and a focus on the new face at the helm of suicide prevention group Choose Life.

And the issue closes with a profoundly poignant and affecting poem, ‘Who am I?’, written by North-east school pupil Isla-Jane Reid.

Isla was still at school and just 16-years-old when she wrote the piece, prompted by her deep involvement with dementia, even at such a young age.

She sent the poem recently to ACHSCP Chief Officer Judith Proctor, explaining how her adoptive grandparents had experienced dementia before they passed away, and how that had prompted her to start working in her local care home and to develop an ambition to train as a nurse.

Isla asked the Partnership to publish her poem as widely as possible – and we are very proud to do so.

It is an extraordinarily mature and insightful piece of writing, in which the young poet projects herself into the mind of an older person who is finding that the self-assurance which once sustained her identity is now fragile and blurred with uncertainties.

Isla has now just left school and is about to start a college course. We at the Partnership are sure she will achieve her ambitions and will become a credit to any profession within health, social care and wellbeing which she ultimately chooses to follow.

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