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Students are learning the finer points of croquet as part of a pioneering US project to reconnect people living with dementia with the world around them.

For the fourth year in a row our students have met Andrew Creasey from Through Hoops To Hope to learn how to play the game before hosting an intergenerational match between students and a team of visitors - some of whom are living with dementia.

Through Hoops To Hope was born when the Creaseys’ father, Maxwell, was diagnosed with dementia and the brothers began to search for an enjoyable way for them to spend time together.

Stoke Damerel Community College: Dementia Project

"It's been lovely to be here, as always, " said Andrew.

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"The students are attentive and happy and there were plenty of smiles in the classroom and they picked it up quickly.

"It's just wonderful to watch the room full of energy and activity and the young people eager to spend time with their visitors."

Year 7 student Olivia said the session - which was preceded by a cup of tea and a chat - had been "really fun".

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"We learned lots about teamwork and I'm really looking forward to the next time we do it."

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Dee Smith, a guest from a local care home, said she enjoyed playing the game with students.

"We've been to the school before and we enjoyed it so much we've bought our own croquet set!"

The College's executive principal Mrs Hannaford said: "Plymouth is striving to become a dementia-friendly city and as a College we are working towards the same goal.

"When we were first contacted by Andrew and James Creasey we didn’t know how integral the croquet sessions would become to Stoke Damerel’s dementia work.
 
 "It is such a gentle and fun way to introduce our Year 7 students to dementia awareness and a wonderful method of enhancing and cementing our links with our local community.

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"The training for our Year 7 students each year sets them up to reflect on and develop their interpersonal skills with the elderly residents in future years.
 
 "This is the fourth year Jiminy Wicket have run their introductory session for a new group of students and the way that Andrew and James run the project means they are an enriching experience for us all," said Mrs Hannaford.
 
"The sight of the youngest members of our community interacting in such a meaningful way with some of the oldest and most vulnerable never fails to touch me."

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