Dementia Care Group launch competition for schools

Image of young and old holding hands for Waypoints Schools Competition 2018

Specialist dementia care home group Waypoints has launched a competition for local schools to help ‘make a difference’.

They are looking for pupils to enter creative works that they think would make a difference to someone suffering from dementia. The  ‘make a difference’ competition ties in with Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Action Week (21-27 May).

The competition is aimed at schools local to the Verwood, Plymouth and Upton homes. It is open to years 4, 5 and 6 and the entry deadline is Monday 14th May. Full details can be found here.

Dementia Action Week aims for ‘people to unite and take actions big and small to make a difference to the everyday lives of people with dementia’. In the UK, one person develops dementia every three minutes, yet too many people feel excluded and face the disease alone.

Waypoints’ competition aims to ‘make a difference’ to its residents’ lives by inviting creative entries from pupils, which could be a piece of artwork that perhaps makes residents smile, a craft item that could be decorative or useful, or a piece of writing, for example a story that Waypoints’ residents might like to listen to, or even a pupil’s personal experience involving dementia. Prizes will be awarded to the school with the best overall entries, a winning individual pupil’s entry as well as runners-up prizes.

Managing director of Waypoints Care Group, Andrew Baxendine, said:

“As a specialist dementia care home group, we wanted to get as many local schools involved in Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Action Week as possible and help ‘make a difference’ to residents who are living with dementia. The Waypoints team are really looking forward to judging all the entries, but don’t forget the deadline of 14th May as it is fast approaching!”