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Dixons Allerton Academy

Dixons Allerton Academy has approximately 1200 students with more boys than girls. Students come from many ethnic backgrounds: just over two-thirds are of Pakistani heritage. Almost half the students speak English as an additional language, a very high proportion compared with the national average. The proportion of students known to be eligible for free school meals is high. The school is situated in an area of multiple deprivations on a predominantly white estate. Bradford is the most deprived local authority area in West Yorkshire, the 32nd most deprived local authority in the country out of 324 and with 30% of the population living in the most deprived 10% of wards.

12 March 2014
Yorkshire and Humber
Local Alliances:
Bradford District Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber 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?

Initailly small groups of students have untertaken an arts and dementia project, delivering arts workshops to local residents in a care home with dementia. They have become aware of the condition through pre visit support from the local Hospital and care workers.

The intergenerational work has been a real benefit to both groups of students and elderly, making the elderly feel part of society and enriching their lives. We would like to widen this knowledge to the whole school through working with the care home and a local Asian support group – Meri Yadin so that our young people are more aware and can offer support and understanding within their families and the local community.

We have produced memory mats that we now are looking into setting up as a social enterprize project as they have been so well received, and hope these will aid conversation and memory for those who receive them.

Another group have taken technology into a care home through – gadget gurus and whilst this wasn’t directed solely at dementia sufferers it could also be focused as such, giving knowledge and an independence.

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

Time available to staff and students.

Getting staff on board and educating them initially so they have an understanding of the condition.

2. Actions

  • To agree with the Head Teacher and SLT a plan of action that will work within the school structure.

    To use the support of Dementia4schools, Alzheimer’s Society and Meri Yadin to possibly deliver initially a training session to staff and then the students have workshops delivered to them during a family learning time or assemblies.

    Initial Scoping
  • Setting up a social enterprise project to create and sell ‘memory mats’

    To develop work we have already undertaken into a social enterprise. The memory mats and coasters are themed with nostalgic images that are both colourful and help promote conversation and memory at meal times or when you are having a cuppa! We have two sets so far, one traditionally British and one themed with Asian images. We hope to produce these on a larger scale so they can be made available to buy nationally. The money raised will either go to a dementia charity or be fed into a fund to continue good work and awareness of dementia throughout school and our local community.

  • To gain support for our memory mats from a local celebrity

    By getting a prominent person to support our students work, it will raise the profile of the project and awareness throughout the school. This could also help with sales and bring more money into the Dementia charitable fund.

    Initial Scoping