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Norwich School

Norwich School is a co-educational independent day school for pupils aged four to eighteen; set in the cathedral close.

5 June 2019
East of England
Education 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?

The school's link with social enterprise Friend in Deed has helped highlight the issues of loneliness amongst the older generations. Jointly, we have embarked on projects such as musical performances for care home residents, a primary school poetry writing writing projects with older generations and our Intergenerational Sports Day which brought together teams ranging in ages from 0-90 years old. 

We pledge to continue our work with Friend In Deed, and help to forge links and friendships across the generations. We will hold an annual Dementia Awareness Day for our staff, pupils and parents, and will give members of our school community the opportunity to train as Dementia Friends. We also hope to make the Intergenerational Sports Day an annual event, and plans are underway for this year's event in June.

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

We know that young people's perception of the older generations could make them hesitant to take part in this initiative. We will aim to combat this by making the older generations a greater part of our community, and by running special events for young and old to connect.

2. Actions

  • Work with Friend In Deed to create opportunities for our young and older generations.

    Our link with social enterprise Friend in Deed has resulted in some vital work done to highlight the issues of loneliness amongst the older generations, which is particularly prevalent in Norfolk. As part of this partnership musical scholars visited local care homes to give recitals to residents, providing much needed enrichment and helping forge links between the generations. The school organised a poetry writing competition, whereby local primary school pupils were invited to visit their nearest care home and make new friends amongst the residents, culminating in the writing of a joint poem about friendship. In June the school held an awareness day for the Alzheimer’s Society, which included a whole school assembly, workshops where pupils, parents and staff were invited to learn more about the disease and become registered “Dementia Friends”, pledging to continue the work of Friend in Deed and the Alzheimer’s society. As part of the day, residents from several local care homes were treated to a visit to the school and a musical recital in Norwich Cathedral. Finally, July saw the inaugural Intergenerational Sports Day held at the school, whereby local care home residents, families, pupils and staff were invited for an interactive day of sporting activities devised to foster co-operation between the generations. Teams ranging in ages from 0-90 years old were encouraged to work together to bridge the gap between young and old. 

    Our hope is to continue to work with Friend In Deed in future years to equip our young people with the skills they need to live in an intergenerational community. Plans are underway to host an annual Dementia Awareness Day, and an annual Intergenerational Sports Day for our older friends. In doing so we hope to foster links across the age groups and to help older generations live well in our community. 

    Being implemented
  • Dementia Awareness through our social media channels and hosting an Annual Dementia Awareness Day..

    We will continue to promote and support the work of the Norwich City Dementia Action Alliance by promoting Dementia Friendly events available for our school community through our social media channels. We will also be hosting an annual Dementia Awareness Day.

    Being implemented
  • We will build Dementia Awareness into our wider pastoral programme for pupils.

    We will continue to include intergenerational awareness within our wider pastoral offer for pupils, being mindful of opportunities for our pupils to integrate with the older people in their communities.

    Being implemented