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Cardinal Newman School

We are a secondary school and sixth form college, who provide education for children and young people between the ages of 11 and 19. We are a Catholic school with a strong ethos pointing towards helping those who are in need or may be vulnerable in the local community. We hope to pass on our skills and beliefs to the children and young people who attend our school, helping them to become positive role models and members of the community, who have an empathy and understanding of those who may be struggling.

20 December 2016
East of England
Children Young People and Students
Local Alliances:
Luton 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?

As a school we hope to provide young people with the opportunities to gain knowledge and understanding about dementia, which will help to create a dementia friendly environment containing individuals who are aware of the struggles and challenges faced by people who are affected by dementia. As outlined in the Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia we hope to help create a more dementia friendly environment which can be passed on from generation to generation of children and young people who pass through our school. Not only would this make the young people aware of the signs and symptoms of dementia, which would enable them to actively help people suffering within their family, but it will also help them to create a more understanding and tolerant society for individuals to live in. This will benefit not only the local community but also at a national level as the knowledge can be passed on through encounters with other schools and organisations.

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

  • An initial lack of understanding of dementia among staff and pupils
  • It may be hard to include in a crowded curriculum
  • Making connections with community organisations and professionals to enable good understanding and knowledge to be delivered to pupils
  • To widen the impact of the lessons into the community so that our school becomes a central part of our dementia friendly community

2. Actions

  • We will use our local dementia action alliance to link to local organisations

    We hope to use this knowledge and understanding to reach out to the wider community and make successful ties to organisations and services within our local community. This will help us not only to meet the ethos of the school as a whole but also enrich the pupils within our school.

    Being implemented
  • We hope to work with local experts and professionals to ensure that we support visitors with dementia in an appropriate way

    We hope to ensure that anything we choose to apply and offer to the wider community meets the requirements of the people we are trying to help. We need to ensure that we are creating something that will continue to thrive and be successful not just now, but also for years to come.

  • To widen the impact of the lessons into the community so that our school becomes a central part of our dementia friendly community

    We hope to create an environment where dementia becomes incorporated into the main curriculum of the school, and that the model we create is sustainable in order for it to continue into the future. This will in turn create a system that not only works but provided young people with the opportunity to grow and make a difference to others.

    Being implemented