Dr David Hinchcliffe, Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist, Redbridge Older Adults Mental Health Team, and his team, won ‘Outstanding Dementia Care Innovation’ at the 10th National Dementia Care Awards 2019 on 7 November 2019. Maria Zatat, the head of lower years at Downshall Primary School, attended the ceremony on 7th November 2019 at Doncaster Racecourse, to receive the award.
The team work in collaboration with Ian Bennett, the headteacher of Downshall Primary School, Maria Zatat, head of lower years as well as the staff at Downshall Primary, Age UK Barking, Havering and Redbridge, London Borough of Redbridge and Redbridge Older Adults Mental Health Team on the project to provide an intergenerational provision that brings together older adults and young children to improve the quality of life and opportunities for both. The project has been running for just over two years now and is the UK’s first day/activity centre permanently embedded within a school.
David said “We are very excited to receive this award, which recognises not only the hard work and enthusiasm of our team across all the sectors that have collaborated on it, but also the impact of Intergenerational activities and social prescribing in the management of mental health and the potential for further expansion in this exciting field. We look forward to the launch of projects in neighbouring boroughs throughout 2020 and will continue to support and nurture our family of Intergenerational projects through the North East London Intergenerational Strategic Alliance, which we have set up this year.”
A celebratory event is being planned and will be held at Downshall Primary School, attended by the older adults and children involved in the project.