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We are delighted to announce the winners of our Schools Competition

Waypoints Care invited schools close to its care homes in Verwood, Plymouth and Upton to send in their creative entries to our ‘Make a Difference’ competition. We linked the competition with the national Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Dementia Action Week’ (21-27 May 2018), asking people to take any action, big or small, that would make a difference to people living with dementia, by announcing the results during this week.

The judges!


We received an amazing amount of creative entries from pupils and schools from very thoughtful sensory boxes filled with dementia-friendly items and poems; to a book full of beautifully painted postcards of local Plymouth landmarks; to personal letters to the residents; as well as fantastic stories to be read to the residents. The entries were judged by home managers from each of the homes – they were so impressed with the quality of the entries as well as all the thought and time put into every single one of them.

After much deliberation, the judges made their decisions and the results are in.... ...drum roll please.... The winners are:


Overall Best School Entry:

As the judges were so impressed with 2 schools’ entries, they decided to give them both 1st prize: Ernesettle Community School and 
Upton Junior School.





Judges comments:

The judges decided to give both schools prizes as they were really impressed with Ernesettle’s ”Postcards of Plymouth” book as well as all the lovely letters and other entries from Upton Junior School.  Obviously a lot of thought and time had gone into both schools’ entries.

The judges from our two Homes in Dorset who hadn’t been to Plymouth before really wanted to visit after looking at the Postcards of Plymouth book!  Waypoints Plymouth’s home manager thought that the book captured key landmarks that residents would remember and that the book would be a really good way of communicating with the residents.

The judges thought Upton Junior School’s sensory boxes/ letters/ stories were very imaginative, thoughtful and very well written.  They also liked that some of the pupils recognised that the residents might not know about some of the technology they were writing about, such as websites, with some giving explanations!


Prizes: Both schools received a £50 WHSmiths voucher and framed certificate.



Individual winners:

Joint 1st prize

Melissa M.
(Upton Junior School)


Joint 1st prize

Maisie S.
(Upton Junior School)




Reece P.

(Upton Junior School)




Katie H.

(Upton Junior School)


Judges comments:

The judges thought Melissa’s big box was really thoughtful, creative and showed a real understanding of residents’ needs. The contents are very colourful and dementia-friendly. The judges especially liked the cuddly dog, tangle toy (residents like playing with their hands), box of shells, cards and games.


The judges also really liked the poem on Maisie’s letter as well as the sand art – it looked like it was in the Waypoints logo colours!


Prizes: Melissa and Maisie both received a £25 WHSmiths voucher and framed certificate.


The judges thought Reece’s football story was very creative, well written and funny. They thought that some of the residents might really like to listen to this story. The judges also really liked Katie’s letter to the residents – it was very sensitive, thoughtful and colourful – something that the residents would really like.

The Prize-Giving!

Ernesettle Community School pupils were invited in to Waypoints Plymouth to receive their prizes – as it was such a beautiful day, the children enjoyed cakes and juice as well as playing games in our garden. Some children sat with residents and chatted with them the whole time, which was really lovely to see!




Meanwhile, Veronika (Home Manager) and Sally (Activities Co-ordinator) at Waypoints Upton went in to Upton Junior School to hand out their prizes during the last school assembly before half term! The pupils will be invited in to Waypoints Upton soon to read some of their letters/ stories to residents – watch this space!



Thanks again to all the schools and pupils who sent in their amazing entries to our ‘Make a Difference’ schools competition. We were amazed by all the fantastic entries and really enjoyed judging them!


If you would like to leave your comments on our competition or the winning entries, you can do so on our facebook page...


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