Nominated for Another Scotland Dementia Award

The school has been nominated and shortlisted again in the Best Educational Initiative category of Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2016 twice!

The annual awards, which take place on 22 September 2016 at The Marriott Glasgow, see the school being shortlisted for its ‘Dementia Class in a Bag’ and also for ‘Jenny’s Diary’; a resource to support conversations about dementia with people who have a learning (intellectual) disability which we have featured in the Newsletter before. Furter details can not only be found in the newsletter but also by visiting: Jenny’s Diary

The ‘Class in a Bag’ is an innovative intergenerational educational learning tool devised by academics in  the School for creative and informative teaching and workshop delivery in nurseries, schools, NHS, care homes and a variety of other settings. Class in a Bag contents can be tailored to suit specific learning goals and illustrate a range of health topics including dementia awareness, hygiene, and healthy eating.

The Class in a Bag can be used to give a unique insight via a dementia simulation exercise of some of the challenges of living with dementia. These exercises, which were recently undertaken by BBC Radio Scotland presenters Kaye Adams and John Beattie, see participants wearing spectacles, which simulate visual impairment; headsets, through which domestic sounds are distorted, affecting hearing and concentration; and other adaptations which may impact on their senses and movement, which can make every day activities challenging.

Scotland’s Dementia Awards are run in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland, NHS Health Scotland and Scottish Social Services Council in celebration of World Alzheimer’s Day.

They provide an opportunity for professionals and communities, who are committed to enhancing the health, well-being and experience of people with dementia and their families, to have their work recognised and promoted.

Winnie McGarry, an Adult Lecturer based in Hamilton said: “We are delighted to have been nominated for this prestigious dementia award. Our innovative ‘Class in a Bag’ intergenerational educational learning tool enables colleagues to provide an insight around some of the issues related to dementia. It is great to see our work recognised in this way.”

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