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Arden Grove Infant and Nursery School

Many of our staff have already become a Dementia Friend. As a school we visit a local care home on a weekly basis to build inter generational friendships.Our children get so much from this and absolutely love visiting to play games, share their learning and even read their school reading book. We will teach our children an awareness of dementia through these visits in a child appropriate way. As a school we will continue to work closely with Friend in Deed and aim to host a Dementia Friends session for parents and carers.

17 February 2020
East of England
Education Sector
Local Alliances:
Norwich City Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

By visiting our local care home with a small group of children every week, we will build intergenerational friendships between teh residents and our pupils. We will also build confidence for both parties involved as well as bring happeiness through sharing games, stories and generally having a chat together.

By having most of our staff trained we will have a good awareness about how to deliver the best outcomes for people with dementia and this in turn can be put into practise on our visits top the carehome and in our day to day life, when interacting with people with dementia.

Being part of a Trust, we can share the things we are doing with our other trust schools and enable them to also take actions to deliver better outcomes for people with dementia.

By providing a Dementia Friends session for parents/carers we will give them access to understanding this illness much better which they in turn can apply to their lives.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Some of the challenges we may face involve:

Those children who may be less confident to interact when taken to the care. We must talk to the children about this before and appropriately send children at particular times of the year (e.g. more confident children towards the start of the year).Some of the residents may not be that fond of children, therefore it is important the we liase with the events organiser at the care home to ensure the approriate residents are present on visits.School is a very busy place and planning in visits is not always possible, therefore staff must prioritise this and plan ahead.Communication between school and the carehome could cause delays, therefore strong relationships need to built with one key member of staff.Getting parents to attend a Dementia Friends session may prove tricky with child care, we need to consider hosting this at 2 diffeent times and advertsing before hand to get a good sign up.

2. Actions

  • Visit a local care home on a weekly basis to build inter generational friendships and raise awareness

    The school will take a small group of children to visit our local care home every week and undertake activities with the residents. Prior to this, the staff will speak to the children about the type of residents we may come into contact with and how we may need to think about things such as how loud we speak etc.
  • Staff to become Dementia Friends

    We have had Dementia Friends training for many staff who have commited to raising awareness of dementia.

  • To host a Dementia Friends session for parents/carers

    We aim to host a Dementia Friends session to raise awareness with our school community and to educate parents as to why it is important as a school we allow the children to become involved in sessions at our local care home. they will also be able to apply their knowledge to their everyday life and to those who they know with dementia.