South Tyneside College
The students, staff and Governors of South Tyneside College take our social responsibilities very seriously and see this as an essential part of our business. As a medium sized mixed economy college and an employer, we have a major role to play in the social and economic welfare of the borough of South Tyneside and the wider region, our international community and an ethical responsibility to our planet by taking a positive action. As part of the College experience, students are encouraged to consider their own social responsibility through the tutorial programme which covers the five themes of Every Child Matters (being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and economic well-being). Social responsibility also underpins many of the activities supported by the many equality and diversity initiatives both within the College and within the wider community.
- 18 April 2016
- North East
- Education Sector
- Local Alliances:
- North East Dementia Alliance, South Tyneside 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?
We are keen to develop the students understanding of dementia through rolling out the Dementia Friends scheme across the college and raising awareness of the disease. We also introduced 'Dementia Friendly Communities' into the curriculum for the student studying in the 'Applied Studies and Professional Services' which has had a positive effect and gathered interest.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Our biggest challenge is time constraints which means we may struggle to roll out 'Dementia Friends' to every student in the college unless they have a personal interest in the subject or it fits in with the course they are studying.
Many of the students have become Dementia Friends which sparked a lot of interest for further learning around dementia. We hope to roll this out further to other students within the college by running more Dementia Friends sessions.
Dementia Friendly Communities
We have started to include dementia friendly communities as part of the curriculum so that our students can gain a stronger understanding around what a dementia friendly environment would look like.
We would like to offer our support to the local South Tyneside Dementia Action Alliance in terms of disseminating information about the work they are doing to our students as well as providing information and signposting to support services for any students that may know someone who is living with dementia.