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Exwick Heights Primary School

Dementia affects every community. Here at Exwick Heights, we recognise that we are a core organisation within a large community who we aspire to support. We recognise that many individuals within our community will be affected by dementia in some way. By supporting the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance to raise awareness, we can provide early help. As a lead teaching school, with links to over forty other schools, we will be in a strong position to raise awareness and initiate action. The school has already participated in a research project into Dementia and has discussed dementia with all children in Years 1-6.

Updated:
20 March 2019
Location:
South West
Sectors:
Education Sector
Local Alliances:
Exeter Dementia Action Alliance (EDAA)

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?

Action 1 - Hold two (three, if requested) Dementia Friends information sessions for parents and staff (Monday 29 April).

Action 2 - During Dementia Action week 2019 - Story time with Year 6 (Ally Bally Bee). Where the school’s Data Protection permissions allow, we will make the wider community aware of this work through photographs and Exeter Dementia Action Alliance’s (EDAA’s) social media.

Action 3 – Invite EDAA to Christmas and summer fetes to raise awareness in wider community.

Action 4 - make contact with Exeter Consortium to consider hosting a session for other schools’ staff at Exwick Heights or to talk at a local symposium. 

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

As a busy school with over 600 young pupils, space and time are precious commodities which may prevent us from being able to fully engage in all initiatives. However, we are committed and can fully understand the value of Exeter Dementia Action Alliance. 

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friends Sessions

    Action 1 - Hold two (three, if requested) Dementia Friends information sessions for parents and staff (Monday 29 April).

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Support Dementia Action Week

    .Action 2 - During Dementia Action week 2019 - Story time with Year 6 (Ally Bally Bee). Where the school’s Data Protection permissions allow, we will make the wider community aware of this work through photographs and Exeter Dementia Action Alliance’s (EDAA’s) social media.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Work With Exeter Alliance to Raise Awareness of Dementia

    Action 3 – Invite Exeter Dementia Alliance to Christmas and summer fetes to raise awareness in wider community.


    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Work With Other Schools in the Exeter Consortium to Raise Awareness

    Action 4 - make contact with Exeter Consortium to consider hosting a session for other schools’ staff at Exwick Heights or to talk at a local symposium. 

    Status:
    Initial Scoping
  • Work Towards Become a Dementia-Friendly Centre

    Action 5

    We aim to make our Surgery a Dementia Friendly Centre – we are going to look at ways of making our buildings more inviting and accessible to patients with dementia.  We will also consider longer appointment times, reminders of appointments, dementia friendly toilet signage etc.

    Status:
    Being implemented