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RGS Worcester's iPads donation to Droitwich Meeting Centre to help dementia patients

Tristan Harris 19th Jun, 2020 Updated: 19th Jun, 2020

IPADS containing bespoke music playlists and personal films are being delivered to people living with dementia as part of a link-up between a school and the Droitwich Spa Meeting Centre.

RGS Worcester donated 20 devices which are no longer used at the school.

The original plan was for them to be dropped off at Droitwich Rugby Club where the meeting centre is held to provide emotional and behavioural benefits for attendees.

Staff from all four of the RGSW schools were also due to assist with digital training for carers and family members but it all had to be shelved because of the lockdown.

So instead John Jones, RGS Worcester’s Director of Innovation, took the devices to PhD student Ruby Swift who put playlists on them for members.

They will now be dropped off at the homes of dementia patients so they can be used for virtual communication, as well as listening to music and viewing personal photos and videos.

John Pitt, RGS Worcester headmaster, said it was such a difficult illness for the individual and their families and RGS wanted to help.

“These iPads are no longer suitable for the classroom but can make a very real difference to a dementia patient in the community.

“It is particularly important at this time that we look to support others.”

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