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Essex Children's University Trust

Essex Children’s University is a charity that works in partnership with schools to develop a love of learning in children. We do this by encouraging and celebrating participation in extra-curricular activities in and outside of school. The impact of these activities is proven to be positive which is why we’re committed to creating a level playing field of opportunity and opening up access to children of all backgrounds. Celebrating achievement is important to us and central to the programme’s success. Each time a child participates in a learning activity they receive a stamp in their “Passport to Learning”, working towards national CU Awards which are presented at a CU Graduation Ceremony, neatly modelled on the grown up version.

20 August 2019
Voluntary, Education Sector
Local Alliances:
Colchester 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?

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

Our structure provides us with the opportunity to deliver education awareness sessions with our CU Learners and their families.  We would base our work on a successful pilot being delivered by the CU Manager in Kent who has been trained to deliver structured learning sessions.

CU Manager needs to be trained to be able to deliver the learning programme.

CU Manager will require resources and a local network of support, to promote these awareness raising sessions.

We are a small organisation and we could not commit to delivery of a large number of sessions.

We can overcome the challenges by 

  • Delivery of an awareness session linked to our CU Graduation programmes.  We offer a programme of CU Lectures, which are effectively Family Learning Sessions.
  • We create topic specific CU Challenge sheets which go home to families, encouraging children to explore different learning topics in the school holidays.

2. Actions

  • Training of Children’s University Staff

    Our CU Manager will attend awareness session to develop a greater understanding of the condition and how we can support the education of young people to be better prepared and able to support members of their family or in the wider community who are living with dementia.


    2019 - Third Quarter Update

    New Member Action

  • Delivery of Dementia Awareness Sessions

    We will (using our CU Manager) deliver Dementia Awareness sessions for children and families.  These sessions will be part of our out of school hours learning offer.


    2019 - Third Quarter Update

    New Member Action