Dementia Services Information and Development Centre

The DSIDC at the SPHE Network Conference in Maynooth University

On Saturday 12th November, the Dementia Services Information and Development Centre attended the SPHE Network Conference ‘Citizenship Education 100 years on’ in Maynooth University.

Social, Political and Education (SPHE) has been part of the primary school curriculum since 1999 and was introduced to Junior Cycle curriculum in 2003. It equips students with life skills to make informed decisions about their health and well-being and helps them to ‘maintain supportive relationships’ at home, school and in their wider communities. The SPHE Network was founded in 2000 and ‘facilitates the ongoing development of SPHE as an integral part of both primary and post-primary curricula’.

At the conference, the DSIDC showcased our new dementia resource manual for teachers and a workbook for students called The Brain - from the Fantastic to the Forgetful. The teaching resource can be integrated into Junior Cycle subjects SPHE, Civic Social and Political Education (CSPE), Science and Well-being in Junior Cycle where it can help to support students in the six indicators for Wellbeing.  It is also possible to integrate the resource into Transition Year Science or other relevant subjects and Transition Year Units (TU).

For more information please contact Dearbhla O' Caheny on


Pictured Left is the DSIDC Resource Stand at the conference