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Students at Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey win National Dementia Award

Students and staff at local secondary school in Kent become Youth Organisation winners of the Year 2018, under 25’s category at the Dementia Friendly Awards.

Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey has been recognised for the amazing work they do with their Dementia Café, and the work they do within their local community, they were also runners up for Outstanding Contribution 2018 out of 300 entries.

Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, but not the only one.

  • 225,000 will develop dementia this year, that's one every three minutes.
  • 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 have dementia.
  • There are over 40,000 people under 65 with dementia in the UK.

The Dementia Friendly Awards celebrate individuals, organisations and communities leading and inspiring a change that will transform the lives of people with dementia forever, challenging misunderstandings, changing attitudes and taking action.

Tina Lee, Principal at Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey, commented on the award, saying; “Our students’ commitment and care for our local elderly and those with the symptoms of dementia is nothing short of inspirational, and the award we have received shows the work our students, and staff have done over the years from the Dementia Café to working with the local community, I am exceptionally proud.”

It all started in April 2014 when a group of students from Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey wanted to do some work with people who were living with dementia. A meeting was arranged between the school and Barton Court Nursing Home to discuss how they could work together.

Since then, students have been talking about dementia, have set up the Dementia Café and have engaged massively with the local community.

The Dementia Café involves holding one café every term, which brings in over thirty guests each time.

One parent on social media, commented about the award, saying; “This is fantastic and very well deserved. So lovely hearing positive news about our young people.”

The awards were held at The Royal Horse Guards Hotel in London and were hosted by their Ambassador, Angela Rippon, including Caroline Dinenage MP as speaker and presenters included Julia Hardy and Charlie Webster. Students were treated to a photo outside of 10 Downing Street and a scrumptious three course meal.

Paul Murray, Head of Community Liaison at Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey, commented on the award, saying; “We are thrilled to win the award. The dementia work at our school has been going for over 5 years and to get national recognition like this is very special. Our students are very humble about their work and we are very pleased for them. We look forward to moving our work forward over the coming years. A very big thank you to everyone who supports our work especially St Edwards Catholic Primary School and our sponsors.”