Age UK Christmas Carol Concert

EDUCATE intergenerational choir took part in the Age UK Christmas Carol Concert at St Mary's Church. Lovely to see all the school children sing and perform so well. A very festive afternoon!

BBC1 - Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure

We were approached by BBC1 to take part in 'Our Dementia Choir Sings Again', a documentary made by Vicky McClure (actress- Line of Duty/Broadchurch/Trigger Point).

Vicky visited us with the film crew at Offerton Community Centre, where we met with our intergenerational choir with Stockport School.  We sang two songs, led by music teacher Rachel Didcote - 'Moon River' and 'Wake Up Little Susie'. We had fantastic solos from the pupils and our EDUCATE members Steve Clifford and Alan Bancroft. 

Photos can be found here: BBC1 Our Dementia Choir

Choir at Silverdale

EDUCATE members and Stockport school pupils took our intergenerational choir to Silverdale Care Home for a lovely Saturday afternoon. 

All enjoyed singing for the residents and catching up with former EDUCATE member Alice.

Stockport School Community Awards

Our intergenerational choir were delighted to perform at Stockport School Community Awards. A great evening to be part of, celebrating the achievements of Stockport School pupils

DEEP Network 10th Anniversary Event

In October 2022 EDUCATE were invited to the DEEP Network 10th Anniversary Event - the UK Network of dementia voices. The event was held at the Royal Exchange, Manchester, Here is EDUCATE member Steve Clifford sharing the story of EDUCATE - an audio clip can also be found by clicking here


As part of Alzheimer's Society Cupcake Day, EDUCATE member Dianne took part in this short video with actress Meera Syal to share her experiences of living with early onset dementia.


Intergenerational Christmas Choir

EDUCATE and Stockport School intergenerational choir performed at Offerton Community Centre, bringing some Christmas cheer to all!

Doing Dementia Differently 2019

Presented by EDUCATE and DEEP (the UK network of dementia voices) we celebrated the achievements of people living with dementia with an evening of music, dance, drama. 

We celebrated with;

- Fabulous Forgetful Friends intergenerational choir and their new film 'Unforgettable Sound of Music'

- The 'Doing Dementia Differently' intergenerational choir with EDUCATE and our friends at Stockport School.

- Together in Song gospel choir

- Liverpool's DEEP thread

- Singing for the Brain

- Dementia Diaries

Unforgettable Sound of Music

EDUCATE members, along with Fabulous Forgetful Friends produced their own version of a well known musical, ' The Unforgettable Sound of Music'

EDUCATE 10th Birthday

On the 13th June 2019, EDUCATE celebrated its 10th Birthday with a Party at Stockport Hatworks. Old friends and new joined together for a day of fun, celebrations and memories, recorded by Paul and Tony Husband.

Photos can be found here: EDUCATE 10th Birthday party

National Dementia Care Awards

A new training programme made with EDUCATE members, produced by Buz Loveday, won the 'Best Training Initiative' at the National Dementia Congress. The training programme has been hugely successful, used all over the country where newly recruited people into healthcare can learn about dementia from people with lived experience.


School in the Community Award

We celebrated with Stockport School who won the 'Manchester Evening News School in the Community' award for their contribution to our 'Doing Dementia Differently' intergenerational choir 

Poster for Doctors Surgeries

EDUCATE worked with the Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project, Stockport CCG and Stockport Homes to design a poster for Doctors Surgeries. The poster aimed at getting help to people quickly who were worried about memory problems and can be put up in various community locations.

Presentation from Stockport CCG

Anita Rolfe and Elaine Whittaker from Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group presenting a cheque to EDUCATE members to continue their support the project

Doing Dementia Differently 2018

On 24th May 2018, over 300 people packed into Stockport Town Hall for our annual Doing Dementia Differently event. This year our intergenerational choir was joined by the Together in Song gospel choir and members of the Dementia Diaries project told us some of their stories.  A mix of poetry, film and cheerleaders from Stockport School all made for a very successful evening.


Intergenerational Choir - March 2018

In 2017 EDUCATE  and pupils from Stockport School set up the Doing Dementia Differently intergenerational choir. We want to show how music can help people with dementia to live well.  Here we are performing  on the marble staircase in Stockport Town Hall, for representatives from the EU's Silver Learners project. For more photographs please see Intergenerational Dementia Choir

European Foundations' Initiative on Dementia

In January 2018 EDUCATE's Jo Bennett and Claire White attended the European Foundation's Initiative on Dementia workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria.

EFID’s mission is to improve the lives of people with dementia by enabling a dementia-friendly  environment in communities across Europe. 

See more photographs from her visit: Jo in Bulgaria





Intergenerational Dementia Choir

In 2017 EDUCATE members and pupils from Stockport School came together to form the Intergenerational Dementia choir.  After meeting together for practices, the choir first public event was at Doing Dementia Differently at Stockport Plaza where they performed four songs together.  This was followed by an appearance at Stockport Schools 2017 Annual Achievement Evening at Stockport Town Hall and various bookings for carol singing over the Christmas period. 

Doing Dementia Differently - June 2017

For the third year running, EDUCATE took over Stockport's  historic Plaza variety theatre to celebrate the achievements of people living with 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:

Comic Relief

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

Video can be found here: Red Nose Day 2017 -  Video




EDUCATE members took part in the testing of Mario (Managing Active and healthy aging with use of caRing servIce robots).

MARIO addresses the difficult challenges of loneliness, isolation and dementia in older persons through innovative and multi-faceted inventions delivered by service robots.   Mario has been demonstrated at meetings, and spent time with members on a one to one basis in their homes

See a report on the ongoing work in Stockort:  Mario in Stockport


Allotment Work

During the summer of 2017 major work took place on the allotment to provide pathways and raised beds.  This work was carried out by the building company Nomenca Construction Contractors as part of their Corporate Social Programme.  Nomenca are based in Warrington. 

All the hard work was celebrated at the Allotment Opening Ceremony on 30th August 2017. 

See photos here:  Allotment Photographs 2017


In Together 

EDUCATE gave financial support to In Together, a new involvement group for people living with dementia in the Wilmslow area.

Sainsbury's 'Dementia Friendly' Campaign

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


Doing Dementia Differently - June 2016

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 the Stockport 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 who lives with early-onset Alzheimers . Four members of the group attended the Sports Relief evening production in London in March 2016.

Focus on Dementia

 Members of EDUCATE were involved in speaking at and running a workshop entitled Focus on Dementia  at Bramhall Methodist church. 

Allotment Project

We launched our allotment project in the spring of 2016.  Watch the video to see what happens there:

Comic Relief 2016

 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 which can be found here -  Comic Relief - Alice's story



EDUCATE help NHS staff deliver post-diagnostic courses for people newly diagnosed with dementia.

EDUCATE member Chris attended the EFID conference in Dublin and speaks at the Alzheimer's in italy conference in Turin.

Living Well with Dementia

EDUCATE members Jo, Jeff, Chris & Alice provided a remarkable insight into their lives, hopes, fears and strategies to live well with dementia.  Filmed by Wide Eye Communications.

DEEP celebration event

November 2015 - Ann, Eric, Chris and Jo 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. 

Radio 5 Live Comic Relief

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.  

Alzheimer's Society Dementia Friendly Awards

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


Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project

September 9th 2015 -  EDUCATE members 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. 

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!'


European Foundations Initiative Grant

EDUCATE and Young Dementia UK were awarded a grant by the European Foundations' Initiative on Dementia. The grant helped us share our experience and skills with other people with dementia and their supporters.

An Afternoon of Tea & Talk

July 2015 EDUCATE took 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 dementia


Doing Dementia Differently 2015

May 13th 2015, Stockport Plaza. 

Over 550 people joined our event ‘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.


EDUCATE helps deliver dementia training to over 760 NHS staff at Stepping Hill Hospital. EDUCATE Members Jo & Chris help train 250 social care managers in Hungary. We help to audit hospital wards, dental practices and GP surgeries to make them more dementia friendly. The Heatons dementia drop in in launched.

16 December 2014 West Yorkshire Playhouse performed Irving Berlin's 'White Christmas', their first dementia-friendly performance, following an Access Audit of the theatre and dress rehearsal by members of EDUCATE

Marple Drop-in Centre

With support from the European Foundations Initiative on Dementia, EDUCATE members helped to set up the Drop-in for people living with dementia.

People with dementia using the Drop-in are listened to and consulted, which allows them to help influence the development of the project.  The Drop-in provides mutual support and social activities and acts as a hub for information and advice about dementia

The Marple Drop-In continues to take place in the Marple Cricket Club from 11.30am to 1.30pm every Friday morning. 

Coming Together project

The idea behind the Coming Together project is simple.  EDUCATE members understood that the benefits of mutual support and involvement were helping them to live well, and wanted other people with dementia to have the same opportunity.  It came as a surprise that groups like EDUCATE didn't exist in most localities.  The group decided to help others set up their own groups.

EDUCATE members can be inspiring public speakers.  After a member addressed one of their meetings the Rotary Club of Stockport decided to set up a Dementia Cafe and the cafe which began meeting regualrly.

An award from the European Foundations' Initiative on Dementia allowed the scope of this work to increase and the Coming Together Project was launched.

Stockport Council chose the Marple locality for its Dementia Friendly Communities pilot site, because the area is isolated and has a high ratio of older people in its population.  Local EDUCATE members helped by setting up a 'Drop-in' for people with dementia and their supporters at a local pub.

Coming Together has helped peple with dementia and their supporters to start new groups in other Stockport localities as well as further afield in cities like Oldham, Bradford and Cardiff. We have worked with Young Dementia UK, staging workshops where people with dementia can learn from each other.



We help launch the Dementia Drop-In's in Ring O'Bells in Marple & Governors House in Cheadle


An outdoor public health film stars EDUCATE members Alice and Chris explaining for to get help with memory problems. We host one of the first national DEEP events where 30 people with dementia attend.


Off to the Dementia and the Big Society Think Tank at the Home Office. Stockport Council gain funding for EDUCATE from the EU's SeNS programme


The first dementia awareness sessions are delivered by EDUCATE to social care students at Stockport College. We attend National Dementia Congress for the first time in Bournemouth.


December 2009 - EDUCATE's first meeting at Stockport County Football Ground


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