We are celebrating after Alsager School was announced as winners of ‘Healthy Living Award’ in the Cheshire Schools Awards for 2018. Awarded for the innovative and collaborative work the school, and our students, have done in the community. We have worked very closely with Alsager Partnership for over two years in raising awareness and an understanding of dementia among young people. The ‘Sway’ project involves students being paired with members of the community who are living with dementia to create a personalised interactive ‘life story’. This can be used at home to help with reminiscence and support healthy living.
It has been a huge success and makes a real positive difference to the lives of people in the community. This culminated in Alsager becoming a dementia friendly town and us a dementia friendly school. Every student in the school (approximately 1500) experienced an assembly from Alsager partnership, receiving a dementia ‘pledge card’ and a dementia friendly lapel badge, which they wear with pride.
The Cheshire Schools Awards in association with Excell Supply celebrated its fourth year of awards.
Mr Middlebrook said: “I am delighted that the school has been recognised with this award. This really is a very exciting and innovative project. To see a school and the community work so closely together and bring different generations together in such a positive way is something very rare indeed and everyone involved in the ‘Sway’ project should be very proud of themselves. I would especially like to thank, and congratulate, Mr Whitmarsh our Head of Art and Design who came up with this idea, the students who were partnered up with Alsager residents, Kath Reader and everyone else at Alsager Partnership.”