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The president of the Swiss Croquet Association says he has been "inspired" by a visit to one of the College's dementia croquet sessions.

 A new group of students were given a training session on 7 October 2015 by Andrew and James Creasey from charity Jiminy Wicket as part of their Through Hoops to Hope project.

And David Underhill from Swiss Croquet was invited by the Creaseys to make the journey from Geneva to see one of the sessions - which was attended by 20 guests from local care homes - for himself.

 "I was going to just meet Andrew and James in London but I'm so happy I changed my plans and came to Plymouth," said David.

"I want to go back and do something with some of the international schools in Geneva.

"It has really inspired me - seeing how much the students and the older people get out of it is wonderful."

Through Hoops to Hope was born when the Creaseys’ father, Maxwell, was diagnosed with dementia and James began to search for an enjoyable way for them to spend time together.

This is the third year the brothers have come to the College to help prepare a new set of Year 7 and 8 students for the sessions which take place once a month in the College's Sports Hall.

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"Your students are just incredible as always," said Andrew.

Stoke Damerel Community College: Dementia Project

"They get to know a bit more about how the mind of a senior with dementia may be working and it gives them a tolerance and understanding.

"It's beautiful to see - magic." said Andrew.

Gina Hill from Manor Court Care Home said the sessions were extremely valuable for the five residents she accompanied this time.

"It's so good for them to have that interaction and also the exercise," she said.

"One of our residents just cast the frame she normally uses aside and got stuck in - it's lovely to watch."

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Year 8 student Aaliyah said she had been "a bit nervous" about being involved for the first time.

"But then you realise there is nothing to be scared of  - they're just like other people it's just they forget things sometimes.

"It's been really interesting speaking to all of them today and I'm already looking forward to next time."

 Stoke Damerel was invited to become one of 21 Dementia Pioneer Schools as part of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia in 2012.

Since then the College has worked to embed dementia education across the curriculum from running the croquet sessions to designing dementia-friendly games in Maths.

In May 2014 the College was the winner in the Alzheimer's Society's first ever Dementia Friendly Awards in the School/College category and in March 2015 Education Secretary Nicky Morgan came to one of the sessions which she described as a "pleasure".

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Principal Mrs Hannaford with David Underhill and Andrew Creasey

"The students took to working with the older people like they’d been doing it for years, " said PE teacher Miss Le Page who runs the sessions in the College.

"They were holding their hands for support, they involved guests who were in wheelchairs and they weren’t fazed by some of the guests who had quite severe needs.

"One of the best things I heard was that Manor Court guests had so much fun last time that they’ve had to purchase and set up their very own croquet set in their living room!

"I was so proud of the students and we are all looking forward to the next event after the October half term."

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan Praises Dementia Project

New Set of Students Give Croquet A Shot

Dementia Work Shared At Conference


 Stoke Damerel News Archive: Academic Year 2015/16



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