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Stoke Damerel Community College

Stoke Damerel is a vibrant and forward thinking community of teachers and learners. We appreciate the individuality and unique strengths and talents of each student and encourage everyone to invest in their education. We take great pride in the fact that more and more of our students enjoy success in every possible way and at every level. We seek to provide the very best educational experience so that all our students can reach their full potential as they become responsible and proactive members of our community (cited fom the Principal's welcome: http://www.sdcc.net/) .

Updated:
13 January 2014
Location:
South West
Sectors:
Arts, Care, Communication, Other
Local Alliances:
Plymouth 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?  

For us as a school, the aim of the project is to promote awareness of Dementia amongst our young people.  In September 2013 we introduced a whole school ‘Dementia Awareness Project project’ to integrate dementia across the entire curriculum. Every subject is included in some way.  We are also working with many professionals here in Plymouth including the Dementia Action Alliance Group, the Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK, Waypoints Residential Care Home, the Plymouth Life Centre and many others. Our launch was televised on local TV, we were interviewed on BBC Radio Devon and the details of our launch and project were included in the Dementia Society’s magazine, the Plymouth Evening Herald and the schools website.  

Our whole school project, we believe will advantage people living with dementia and their carers because it is ‘raising awareness amongst our young people and educating them in ways which will remove the stigma of dementia and narrow the gap between the elderly and the youth of today’ we have also strong links with our residents in the local community. Thus promoting the Prime Ministers Challenge of  Dementia and promoting ‘Dementia Friendly Communities’.

 

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

One of the challenges for us is definitely time constraints, and working the commitment to the project in to the curriculum.  As a school the people involved in the project are full time teachers and so this means taking on extra responsibility and personal involvement to want to make the project work.  Fortunately staff and students are very supportive and have been willing to get involved. It also impacts on our students and there working day as they have commitments to the studies which is why the project has been integrated to work around these areas so as not to impact on their curriculum subjects and achievements. The project is incorporated into schemes of work and assessment expectations. Another challenge was funding to be able to complete areas of the project, but we have been lucky to be supported with this by Plymouth City Council.

Member contacts

Lana Helmore

Dementia Project Lead; Health and social care teacher

http://www.sdcc.net/

 

2. Actions

  • Dementia Awareness Project

    We are running the project between now and June 2013 to allow time to complete it.

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  • Demenia Project and the Curriculum

    We have incorporated it in to the curriculum to cause little impact of student’s studies and learning.

    Status:
    Delivery, Implementation

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  • Collaborative Working

    We are ensuring we have good contacts with organisations to support us in achieving the outcomes of the project.

     

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