Alsager High School
In April 2017, Alsager Partnership invited Alsager High School to collaborate and develop a community art project that would link into their Dementia Friendly Town work and the outcome of their efforts has been outstanding. Not only did they come up with an innovative way to engage with people living with dementia, but they have now implemented workshops as part of their curriculum, making their idea a reality.
Initially, students and staff came up with an initiative whereby they utilised Microsoft Sway Technology in an innovative way to support living with dementia. Alsager High School staff and students ran a series of art workshops that led to a personalised interactive Sway Life Story for people with living with dementia, their families, and carers.
Microsoft has shown a huge interest in this initiative and the work of Alsager Partnership and Alsager School featured it in their edition of The Feed magazine (ref: pages 24,25,26) Microsoft The Feed Magazine March-April 2017.
To say that we are excited is an understatement! This project has now been entered for a UK Parliamentary Education Award and a Cheshire East Schools Award.
In addition to the above, in January 2018 all Alsager School Year 12 students and some staff completed a Dementia Friend Session making them all Dementia Friends. There is now a programme in place, whereby by the end of March 2018 the whole school will be registered as Dementia Friends.