Alsager School

Community Arts Project

We have been working in collaboration with Alsager Partnership on a community arts project to support their continued efforts in providing support for people living with dementia. Students in school learnt how to use Sway software which is an ideal tool for creating and sharing reports, presentations and personal stories. We then set up a series of workshops in school where we could trial the project with families; students met with couples and shared stories, photographs and memories about their lives.

The long term aim is to build the dementia community art sway project into the school’s art provision,so we can support the amazing work Alsager Partnership is doing to become a Dementia Friendly Town, supporting people living with dementia and their carers in the local community.

Lee Whitmarsh, Curriculum Leader for Creative Arts, said: “As a school we are working with Microsoft and we wanted to use the school’s innovative use of technology and the existing opportunities that Office 365 offers students, to develop an art project for the community that we hope will positively enrich and support people living with dementia and their families. The meetings we had were wonderful and it was a privilege to have seen different generations coming together to share their stories”.