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Derby College

Derby College is a large general further education college with four sites in or near the city of Derby. The college has around 10,000 learners, of whom about 5,000 follow a full-time study programme. The college has extensive part-time provision for adult learners as well as a thriving apprenticeship programme. The role of the college is to provide learners with the skills, attitudes and employability skills to progress onto the next stage of their lives - whether that is to higher education, work or self-employment. Derby College has been praised by Ofsted as 'a valued resource for the city of Derby and the county of Derbyshire providing an inclusive and welcoming environment and high quality facilities for teaching and learning’ following a recent inspection where the college was graded as good overall. Two key areas were judged as outstanding, working with employers and quality of work with high needs learners.

19 October 2017
East Midlands
Education Sector
Local Alliances:
Erewash Dementia Action Alliance, Amber Valley Dementia Friendly Community, Derbyshire Dementia Action Alliance , South Derbyshire Dementia Friendly Community

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?

Derby College acknowledges the seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers.  The college would describe its role as raising awareness of the challenges faced by providing Staff and learners with the opportunity to access training to become Dementia Friends.  The next stage will be for some of them to undertake the additional training to become Dementia Champions and have the ability to disseminate this information across the wider college. 

Initially the Staff and learners will be from an Access and Health and Social Care background and will be able to utilise the knowledge gained in their chosen pathway to Employment.  In the longer term the plan would be to extend this to the other curriculum areas.

The objective will be for those trained to have an awareness level that will impact in supporting friends, family and the wider community.

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

The perceived challenges are effective co-ordination and communication and in this regard the commencement of the actions detailed below will be at the Erewash DAA Launch event on Friday 20thMay which is to be held at our Ilkeston Community Campus.  This will then be followed by internal communication via the college’s ‘In Touch’ online magazine and a specific Yammer page and group.  In addition there will be external communication to advertise future events via a variety of mediums. 

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2. Actions

  • To access Dementia Friends training and empower Staff to become Dementia Champions and disseminate training to their colleagues and learners across the wider college.

    The launch of the Erewash Dementia Action Alliance is taking place at Derby College’s Ilkeston Community Campus site on Friday 20th May.  It has been agreed that two training sessions will be available for Dementia Friends training and it is proposed that Staff and in particular learners from Health & Social Care and Access have the opportunity to take part in this training and become Dementia Friends.

    In the longer term the proposal would be for members of Staff to undertake the one day Dementia Champion training and be empowered to disseminate Dementia Friends training to their colleagues in the wider college and to learners.


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  • To pilot Dementia Cafes at Derby College sites, facilitating access to our wider businesses for example Sensi for those living with Dementia and their Carers.

    The plan is to pilot Dementia Cafes on a monthly basis, initially at our Roundhouse Engine Shed restaurant and within the refectory at our Ilkeston Community Campus.  It is proposed that these will take place on a monthly basis and the date in the month will coincide with opportunities for the invitees, those living with Dementia and their Carers to access treatments, hairdressing and barbering at discounted rates from Sensi, one of Derby College’s businesses.

    In the longer term, once Staff and learners have trained to be Dementia Friends, the objective would be for them to provide the option of support to the people attending with Dementia so that their respective Carers could take a well- earned break.  Access to all facilities would be available to those with Dementia too.

    The plan is to advertise these facilities at the Erewash Launch event on Friday 20th May.


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  • To develop Carers Support Groups for both Staff and Learners to increase, awareness, knowledge and to provide support for those caring for people with Dementia.

    Initially the proposal is to form a Carers Support Group for Staff.  This will be monitored and evaluated as will the previous 2 actions through the college’s Health & Well Being Group.  The Health & Well Being group is scheduled to meet on Tuesday 24th May.


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