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Roots2Grow

We are a Wellbeing & Creative Mathematics education company, creating bespoke programmes which engage all ability adults and children, including vulnerable groups, in shared problem-solving fun maths activities. We use a range of hands-on mathematical challenges as the stimulus which helps our learners of all abilities harness and develop their mathematical thinking and problem-solving skills, refining their approaches to problem-solving in general which could then be applied to the rest of their lives. The processes we practise together in a group class, if practised regularly, can confer greater confidence and belief in one's own abilities to solve problems as well as providing stimulating and invigorating 'brain' work - a mental workout! We have recently started our first project with Merton Dementia Hub & Clarion Housing, working with adults with dementia, and believe we are seeing very positive results regarding the impact this approach to problem-solving is having for our learners, including the benefits of problem-solving using our hands. Our students are even asking us for some homework!

Updated:
7 May 2019
Location:
London
Sectors:
Charity, Community organisations, Education Sector, Schools
Local Alliances:
Merton 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 role we are continuing to develop is one where we specialise in creating and providing mentally stimulating and challenging activities for our students with dementia and their carers in an atmosphere of social and collaborative problem-solving and fun. This is through our Wellbeing & Creative Maths programmes which foster an atmosphere of inclusivity and belonging. Many of our challenges can be completed readily by a person with dementia yet carers or volunteers may struggle with them, and many times the reverse happens - the workshops 'level the playing field', regardless of background, language ability, whether one has dementia or not, whether one is 'good' at maths or not or any other 'barriers' that one may think of. We look forward to working and developing in technology support for these programmes which will make our work more widely accessible for learners, including the chance to access the challenges in their own homes. We anticipate this will be in collaboration with other groups and organisations who are already experienced and working together to support and create Dementia friendly communities.

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

We are still relatively inexperienced with regards to the needs and challenges facing our residents with Dementia and their families. 2 members of our staff will be attending a Dementia Friends training session soon, and we hope to continue our exposure and learning about Dementia and our communities.

Member website

www.roots2grow.org

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friends Sessions for at least 2 members of staff who will be connected to the delivery of Dementia Friendly Creative & Wellbeing Maths Workshops

    We will attend a Dementia Friends Sessions in connection with the Merton Dementia Hub
    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Research into cognitive and wellbeing impact of creative maths activties

    Liase with and conduct research, including applications for funding, in collaboration with relevant bodies into the potential impact of  creative & wellbeing mathematical activities on cognitive and wellbeing improvements for people with Dementia

    Status:
    Initial Scoping
  • Develop infrastructure and tech aided support for people with Dementia and their carers to access creative & wellbeing maths activities in their own home

    Apply for funding and work with developers and other experts in creating wider accessibility to the creative & wellbeing maths challenges, for use by people with Dementia and their carers in their own homes.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping