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Bishop Auckland College

Bishop Auckland College offers students the opportunity to select from a comprehensive programme of full-time courses in a wide range of disciplines. The College also provides a full range of adult education at its Bishop Auckland campus and many venues in the community. Our Mission: To enhance the economic prosperity of young people, adults and employers through high quality, work-related education and training.

5 January 2016
North East
Education Sector
Local Alliances:
County Durham Dementia Action Alliance, North East Dementia 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?

Bishop Auckland College has made a pledge to become Dementia Friendly.  We have started this pledge by having a Dementia Champion, Sheila Viney, on campus. Sheila has rolled out Dementia Friends Information sessions to Client services front of house team and 150 Health & Social care student, which will help raise awareness and provide a greater understanding to students who go on placements in residential homes caring for people who have dementia and Alzheimer’s.

We have also joined Dementia Friends of Bishop Auckland and are actively involved in this initiative for the town with Sheila Viney being a founding member of the steering group.

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

Encouraging different age groups to take an interest in dementia, and encouraging conversation and discussion.

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2. Actions

  • Raising Awareness

    The College has pledged to become Dementia Friendly and has a Champion on campus.  We are also working closely with Bishop Auckland Town Council and the Dementia Friends of Bishop Auckland Steering Group to assist with the project around a Dementia Friendly Bishop Auckland.  Information sessions already attended by students have been publicised in the local press and shared on social media to help raise awareness and generate interest among other students and the wider community.

  • Improving our understanding of dementia

    150 students have already attended Dementia Friends Information sessions and are now Dementia Friends. Most front of house staff are also Dementia Friends. The sessions have given a better understanding of what it is like to live with dementia and the small ways in which we can help.

  • Information point

    An area in the College Reception/Canteen will be used as a centre point for literature which will be obtained from the Alzheimer’s Society.