2013 has been a busy year for GeniUS! York. Challenge 6 around Innovation in Healthcare and Challenge 7 around the Future of Libraries which culminated in our two Synergy Surgery Events have both resulted in some brilliant pilots with work continuing on these over the coming months.
And now tomorrow night, November 26th 2013, sees the culmination of months of hard work on one of our 2012 Challenges - Challenge 5 around making York Dementia Friendly.
The aim of Challenge 5 was to generate ideas and discuss practical ways York could be more Dementia friendly, to harness shared experiences and thinking to develop the best initiatives to try in the city. With well over 2000 people with dementia in York and with this number set to grow to nearly 4000 by 2030, the need to educate people in dementia has never been more important.
Our independent panel of judges selected the winning idea to be taken forward and developed in conjunction with our partners, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The winning proposal, submitted by Jayne Gledhill from Haxby, was to record a Dementia awareness film with dementia sufferers and secondary school students in York. This will give an opportunity for students to try and understand the problems that people with Dementia and their partners/carers live with on a daily basis and has the potential to make a significant social impact.
The social enterprise and film company, Inspired Youth, made the short film in July this year with students from the Joseph Rowntree School and dementia sufferers from Hartrigg Oaks residence. Guidance for the students was also provided by Dementia Forward. Tuning Into Dementia will be launched tomorrow evening in Joseph Rowntree School alongside a Dementia Awareness Lesson Plan for SPHE classes and the plan is for it to be rolled out in schools across York.
We will keep you posted on the outcomes of the Launch on the website here and on Twitter @geniusyork and #dementiafilm.