The School House CIC

The School House is a community interest company promoting happy, healthy living supported by the local communities to the South of Norwich. All the profits from our lively community café are used to run therapeutic activities, classes and groups. We have a particular focus on helping people and carers facing mental health, dementia and loneliness challenges.

15 March 2018
East of England
Businesses and shops, Care, Charity, Communication, Community organisations, Health, Social Care, Voluntary, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Norwich City 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?

Our community centre and cafe provides a welcoming place for those living with dementia and their carers to meet and mingle with others from the local community.

Our range of activities meet both therapeutic and social needs for people with dementia and their carers.  We are also working to improve community understanding of the challenges of health / happy ageing and looking to get more people from the local area involved.

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

Stable funding.  As a non-profit community interest company we are working to fund our activities primarily from the community cafe.  Obtaining grants / funding from other sources will be critical to helping us offer the range of services needed.

Publicity + networking.  Letting the local communities know about our plans + connecting effectively with other organisations helping with the healthy / happy ageing agendas.

2. Actions

  • Healthy / happy ageing activities

    Run a range of healthy / happy ageing activities to help meet the social and therapeutic needs of those living with dementia and their carers.  Some activities will be run by the School House and we will also host activities run by other groups in our community centre and cafe.

    Being implemented
  • Offer Education and Advice on Healthy / Happy Ageing

    As a community hub,we help those with dementia and their carers and the wider community to learn about healthy / happy ageing and connect with information and services that will help them.

    Being implemented
  • Consistent Funding

    Obtain consistent funding via grants / donations to allow us to run the full range of healthy / happy ageing activities our local community needs.

    Any surplus from our community cafe will fund activities but we need additional grants to deliver everything we have in mind.