8th July 2018, The inspiring achievements of children and teachers were celebrated at the M.E.N’s Greater Manchester Schools Awards, and Stockport School were awarded first place in the School in the Community Category. This award is for a class, year group or whole school who play an active role in their community. That may be through raising money for charity, performing in the community, helping others or working together to make the community a better place.   For Stockport School this includes their involvement with the Offerton Drop-In Centre and the Intergenerational Dementia Choir.

Poster for Doctors Surgeries





EDUCATE members worked with members of the Alzheimers Society and Stockport Signpost for Carers to design a poster to be be displayed in all Doctors Surgeries in the Borough and raise awareness regarding Dementia.  These are now being distributed throughout the area.

Presentation from Stockport CCG

On the 9th July 2018, Anita Rolfe and Elaine Whittaker from Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group attended the monthly EDUCATE meeting to present a cheque to members.  This money had been raised through a Raffle held at their annual STAR Awards Evening.


Thank you to the CCG for continuing to support EDUCATE.

Doing Dementia Differently 2018


On the 24th May 2018, Doing Dementia Differently returned for a third year.  The evening was held in Stockport Town Hall and the Intergenerational Choir was joined by the Together in Song Gospel Choir and members of the Dementia Diary Project telling their stories.  A mix of poetry, film and exhibitions made for a very successful evening.


Intergenerational Choir - March 2018

In 2017 EDUCATE members and pupils from Stockport School came together to form The Intergenerational Dementia Choir to demonstrate the importance of music to people living with dementia.   On the 15th March 2018 the choir performed on the Marble Staircase in Stockport Town Hall for representatives from all over Europe attending the Silver Learners meeting. For more photographs please see Intergenerational Dementia Choir

EFID Workshops - January 2018

In January 2018 Jo Bennett, one of the EDUCATORS, attended the Europen Foundation Initiative on Dementia (EFID) meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria.

EFID’s mission is to improve the lives of people with dementia by enabling a dementia-friendly and inclusive environments in communities across Europe and during the two day meeting in Sofia, Jo took part in workshops and networked with people from other initiatives around Europe.


See more photographs from her visit: Jo in Bulgaria




Doing Dementia Differently - June 2017




Back for the third year running EDUCATE took over Stockport Plaza to celebrate the achievements of people living with dementia.


Doing Dementia Differently is an annual celebration of the musical and artistic  achievements of people living  dementia. This year’s highlight was the debut performance of our  Intergenerational choir. The choir draws it’s members from our experts by experience group EDUCATE, the Marple community drop in, Lisburne Court care home, and the students of  Stockport school.



There was also the usual mix of poetry, film and drama.  See videos of our evening on Youtube


Doing Dementia differently: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt5TLJyvlPE

Let's Twist Again:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T262RcXYUok

We Shall Overcome (choir final number):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lu1eCo2p55I



Doing Dementia Differently 2018 will take place in Stockport Town Hall on Thursday 24th May.


Comic Relief 2017

EDUCATE members Jo and Alice join Billy Connolly is promoting Dementia during the 2017 Red Nose Day Campaign.


Red Nose Day 2017 -  Video



January 2017 - In Together 





EDUCATE members support the first meeting of a new group being established in Wilmslow. 


All welcome

Ann Johnson, an EDUCATE member, appeared in a video made by Sainsubury's as part of the Alzheimers's Society's Campaign for retailers to be 'Dementia Friendly'

Doing Dementia Differently - June 2016


Back by popular demand, for a 2nd year running, EDUCATE hosted a very successful event for people with dementia and their carers.  The day comprised of a daytime workshop in Stockport Town Hall, followed by an evening of entertainment at Stockport Plaza, including a new production by Haylo theatre


During the day, EDUCATE hosted a workshop for around 70 people with dementia and their supporters.  The programme involved hearing about recent national campaigns including Dementia Words Matter and Dementia Diaries. 


This was followed by opportunities for people to join one of the discussion groups on either 'Aspirations of Younger People with Dementia' or 'Innovative Projects from Around Europe'


Thanks to the European Foundation's Initiative on Dementia, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Stockport Council, Stockport CCG, DEEP and the Alzheimer's Society for their support with this event.


See pictures of our exhibitors: Daytime Workshop & Exhibition



This was followed by:


An Evening of Music, Poetry, Film and Drama

Stockport Plaza,


Over 200 people came together at theStockport Plaza for a very special evening.


Highlights included new films from EDUCATE and YoungDementiaUK, and a new play from Haylo Theatre, as well as singing and poetry reading.


See Pictures from this event:  Evening at the Plaza

Sports Relief 2016 - Members of EDUCATE were involved in this years Sports Relief Campaign to give people with dementia a voice. Jo Bennett was filmed telling her story Jo lives with early-onset Alzheimers . Four members of the group attended the Sports Relief evening production in London in March 2016.

12th March 2016 - Members of EDUCATE will be speaking and running a workshop at the Conference entitled Focus on Dementia being run at Bramhall Methodist church.  For full details see their website: Focus on Dementia

 Comic Relief is a major charity based in the UK which strives to create a just world free from poverty.  Cash raised through Sports Relief is used to give people with dementia a voice.  Alice tells her story to support this initiative  Comic Relief - Alice's story

10th November 2015 - four members from EDUCATE attended the DEEP Celebration Event to celebrate three years of DEEP and the growth of groups from 12 to 60 in this period.  Full details can be found on the DEEP website: 10th November Celebration Event

1st October 2015 - Comic Relief handed over use of their Twitter Feed for a day to allow people with dementia to tell their stories.  Jo Bennett from EDUCATE went on Radio 5 Live to publicise the event.  Listen to Jo here:  Jo on Radio 5 Live

6th September 2015 - the Marple Drop in Centre was a runner up in the Best Dementia Friendly Project section of the Alzheimer Society Dementia Friendly Awards 2015.  Chris represented the group at the Awards Ceremony in London. Dementia Friendly Awards 2015


September 9th, 2015 -  Arfon, Eric and Jo travelled to Cardiff on behalf of the Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project to help set up a new involvement group for people with dementia.  We had a very positive discussion and a ice lunch.  We are looking forward to news of how our new friends in Cardiff are getting on with their group     


Group facilitator Rosslyn Offord wrote
 'thank you for your visit yesterday, which was very much appreciated by all of us.  A couple of our group seemed especially inspired by the stories that they heard, and June has already said she’ll speak at a dementia workshop I’m delivering soon as part of the local training provided to clinical psychology trainees.  As facilitators we were also much inspired, and Helen was virtually dancing around the kitchen with enthusiasm after you left!'


EDUCATE and Young Dementia UK have been awarded a grant by the European Foundations' Initiative on Dementia. The grant will help us share our experience and skills with other people with dementia and their supporters. For further details please see the website: EFID Website

Thursday, 9th July 2015


EDUCATE are taking part in An Afternoon of Tea and Talk - an enlightening and inspiring afternoon of talks for, and by, people whose lives are affected by young onset.


Young Dementia UK Event Invitation
Young Dementia UK - 9 July 2015.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [203.4 KB]

Wednesday, May 13th 2015, Stockport Plaza. 


Over 550 people joined in an event called:


‘Doing Dementia Differently’… an evening to celebrate EDUCATE’s 5th birthday and  the achievements of people living with dementia.


We started with 3 short films made by people with dementia, followed by a performance of ‘Over the garden fence’ by Haylo theatre.

Tuesday 16 December 2014

West Yorkshire Playhouse performed Irving Berlin's 'White Christmas', their first dementia-friendly performance, following support from EDUCATE

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