The North East Dementia Collaborative is working in partnership with local organisations to monitor dementia raising awareness activity within Hartlepool schools. A Steering Group has been set up to meet regularly to monitor and record any activity, provide support to dementia champions and offer dementia awareness sessions to schools where requested.
The table below summarises how many Dementia Friends have been created in relation to Hartlepool schools since May 2015. The aim of the partnership is to offer all Hartlepool schools the opportunity to participate in dementia raising activity. Please get in touch with Corinne Walsh, North Tees Dementia Collaborative Project Lead on 07958 125 060 if you would like more information.

Schools

School Brougham Staff and Governor
Date Feb 2016
Type of Event Dementia Friends Session
Dementia Friends 45
School St Peter's Elwick, Years 3-6
Date Feb 2016
Type of Event Dementia Friends Session
Dementia Friends 48
School Hart, Year 3-6
Date Feb 2016
Type of Event Dementia Friends Session
Dementia Friends 48
School Manor Community Academy Health and Social Care Students
Date Dec 2015
Type of Event Dementia Friends Session
Dementia Friends 18
School Hartlepool Sixth Form College
Date Dec 2015
Type of Event Dementia Friends Session
Dementia Friends 15
School St Aidan's, Years 4-5
Date Nov 2015
Type of Event Dementia Friends Session
Dementia Friends 47
School High Tunstall School Council
Date Sept 2015
Type of Event Dementia Friends Session
Dementia Friends 680
School Brougham, Hart, St Peter's Elwick, Jesmond, Lynnfield, Rossmere, Ward Jackson (including Dementia Friends Session)
Date July 2015
Type of Event Book Launch (7 schools, years 1-2)
Dementia Friends 15
School High Tunstall School Council
Date May 2015
Type of Event Dementia Friends Session
Dementia Friends 15
School Manor Academy Health and Social Care Students
Date May 2015
Type of Event Dementia Friends Session
Dementia Friends 15

Total 931

Career Events Incorporating Dementia Awareness

School Manor Community Academy
Date June/July/Dec 15/Jan 16
Type of Event Career Advice sessions for Health & Social Care Students
Dementia Friends Year 10 across school
School St Hild's Church of England School
Date July 2015
Type of Event Career Advice
Dementia Friends Year 8 across school
School Dyke House Sports & Technology College
Date July 2015
Type of Event Student Placements/Industry
Dementia Friends Year 10 across school
School English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College
Date June/July 2015
Type of Event Career Advice/Mock Interviews
Dementia Friends Year 10 across school

Other Activity

West View Primary School children visited Gretton Court during Dementia Awareness Week 2016.  The children sang 'pack up your olf kit bag', 'a long way to Tipperary', and a young girl did a solo.  The children then went on to read their favourite stories and show the residents photos from then and now of landmarks around the town.                                                                                                                                                                                                 
School Lynnfield
Date Dec 15
Type of Event Choir visited The Bridge
Below is information from schools that have been involved with dementia friends work.


Hart Primary School

Pupils from years 3, 4, 5 & 6 at Hart Primary School became dementia friends on 2nd February 2016. They had some great ideas about ways of being dementia friendly, suggesting actions such as playing their games with people in their family who had dementia, and telling their family what they had learned. A dementia friends session is planned with staff and parents later in the year.
St Peter's Elwick CE Primary School

Pupil's from years 3, 4, 5 & 6 at St Peter's Elwick School became dementia friends on 4th February 2016. They had some great ideas about ways of being dementia friendly, suggesting actions such as talking about the past with people in their family who had dementia and wearing their badge with pride. A dementia friends session is planned with staff and parents later in the year.


Brougham Primary School Fourty-four members of staff and governors at Brougham Primary School became dementia friends on 3rd February 2016. Staff are considering ways of raising awareness within the school community.


Manor Community Academy Manor Community Academy supported two groups of health and social care students to become dementia friends. A number of pupils attended a 'level up lunch' about careers within the NHS and joint work is being planned to link some pupils with a local care home that supports people living with dementia. As part of the programme to raise aspirations at Manor Community Academy, monthly lunchtime sessions take place during which students hear from a speaker from the world of work or further/higher education. For further information click here

 

September 2018 update for Children, Young People and Students on behalf of the Dementia Friendly Hartlepool Steering Group

Work being reported on:

This is an update on Children, Young People and Students in Hartlepool schools: (30 primary schools, 5 secondary, 2 special needs, 2 colleges).

The group has broadened the focus to work with all young people where opportunities arise.

The last meeting was on 19.9.18 and the next meeting will be scheduled before the December steering group on 18.12.18.

A Dementia Champion induction took place in Hartlepool in August 2018, attended by 19 people. A support group has now been set up and the 1st meeting took place on 19.9.18. 4 champions attended. Further sessions will be set up and a list of local dementia champions is being developed. From this we will explore who may be interested in working with young people to grow our capacity to do this work.

 

Summary of work undertaken with existing DFH organisations since the last steering group meeting:

 

Primary schools

The Hartlepool Borough Council Sports and Physical Activity team have visited Head Teachers and 9 schools expressed an interest in the Discovering Dementia through Play sessions (Brougham, St Aidans, Rossmere, Grange, Fens, Kingsley, Greatham , Eskdale and West View). Further discussions have taken place with a range of additional primary schools, although the team is currently working on capacity to accommodate this.

Secondary schools

English Martyrs were approved by Dementia Friendly Hartlepool in July 2018.  They have promoted World Alzheimer's day via their interactive boards, noticeboards and tutors within school and it was discussed in assembly with Y12 & Y13 (190 students). Dementia Friend twitter feeds have been shared.

Awareness work is also being carried out with High Tunstall.

Colleges

Hartlepool College health & beauty students & health and social care students were offered work experience opportunities & Dementia Friends sessions before the summer break. A date for the new intake is currently being arranged.

Pre school

Local libraries hold lots of resources to raise awareness with young children and hold story sessions throughout the year to help young children understand about dementia when opportunities arise, particularly in Dementia Awareness Week.

 

Other Opportunities

The Sports and Physical Activity team have supported the Dementia Friendly Hartlepool family events by delivering “Discovering dementia through play” and physical activity. They have also delivered sessions for Young Inspectors. When capacity increases, the team are hoping to offer session to Youth Teams, and Sports Clubs.

Dementia Friendly Hartlepool organisations have also made pledges to promote dementia awareness with young people. These include:

  • Barclays Bank & Santander have several staff members that are Dementia Friends and are happy to offer support and share information.
  • Hartlepool Borough Council has made a commitment for all departments to work towards being Dementia Friendly, including Children & Young People services and the Young Inspectors.
  • Work Placements: Hospital of God Day Centre, CareWatch Day Centre and Hartfields Retirement Village (Joseph Rowntree Foundation)  all offer work experience placements to students whilst raising awareness of dementia. Approach Training Safely also works with students from Catcote School.
  • Family centres such as Kilmarnock and Families First, 117 café have made pledges to work towards being Dementia Friendly.

Family Events - An event is planned for 3rd December 2018 at Rovers Quoit Club Easington Road, Hartlepool and will include the opportunity to attend a Dementia Friends session at the beginning of the evening. Tickets will be available in the near future from The Bridge on 01642 868857.

 
 
If you would like to know more about 'Dementia Projects in Schools':

Dementia Friendly Schools

Schools have been identified as an important part of supporting us to raise awareness of Dementia to staff,...

Dementia Advice and Support - The Bridge

Dementia advice, information and support to enable people to live well with dementia.

Green Links - outdoor activities for people who are living with dementia

22 November 2018 10AM to 12PM

A free programme of outdoor activities for people who are living with dementia.