The pupils and staff behind Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey’s inspirational Dementia Café has been celebrated at a national awards ceremony for its work with vulnerable members of their community.
The prestigious Dementia Friendly Awards 2017, hosted by the Alzheimer’s Society, were held at County Hall in London. TV personality Angela Rippon hosted the awards, and presenters included the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, and actions Lesley Sharp and Richard McCourt.
Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey’s Dementia Café was one of the three finalists in the Dementia Friendly Organisation of the Year, Small and Medium category, along with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Bracknell Film Society.
The explanation of the award read:
“This award recognises business and/or organisations that have gone the extra mile to ensure that people with dementia such as their customers and colleagues feel understood, valued and able to contribute to their community.”
The first prize went to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, with Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey coming runners-up.
Academy Community Leader Paul Murray says “To be in the final for this national award is a huge honour for the Academy, and all of the young people and supporters who make the Dementia Café possible.”
“Congratulations to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for their success – their work with vulnerable people was hugely inspirational.”
“The Dementia Café student team were a total credit to Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey, and to Oasis Community Learning. We are all very proud of them, and everything that they have achieved.”