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Mark Barlow

Course: BA(Hons) Social Work

Second year BA Social Work student, Mark Barlow was based at Ingol and Tanterton Community Trust (INTACT) for his 80 day placement. During the placement Mark was able to establish some regular session work with Bernard*, aged 72 with progressive Alzheimer's disease. Due to the nature of Bernard's condition, he was becoming lost when cycling within the local area.

A local PSCO referred Bernard to INTACT and from this a plan was made of weekly supported cycling sessions, led by Mark. Both Mark and Bernard had a great interest in cycling and they quickly formed a strong working relationship. Through the help of Mark's tutor, Dr Joanne Westwood and the School of Social Work, a helmet camera was obtained to document a number of sessions, which later formed a DVD used partly to assess Mark's work whilst at INTACT and as a way of recording the cycling journey.

Inevitably, Bernard found the DVD useful as a reminisce tool and said: “Every session has been successful and brilliant and we have come home every time." Bernard's wife, and full-time carer, Anne said: “Bernard is content to stay in the local area; because he knows when Mark comes he is able to explore pastures new within the community."

Mark’s placement ended in early January 2013, however the weekly sessions have been continued by Mark and he is producing a scrapbook of photographs that have been taken throughout sessions.

* Names have been changed to preserve anonymity