Students at Derwen College, in Gobowen, made waves for Dignity Action Day, on a visit to Morris Care Centre, in Wellington.

The college’s Derwen On Tour (DOT) group visited Morris Care Centre to perform a Mexican wave and a signed Makaton song and dance routine for the residents. The show was greatly received and the students enjoyed performing and chatting with the residents after the performance.

The show was put on as part of Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)’s Dignity Day celebrations with the theme of ‘Making Waves for Dignity’.

Lydia Tyanase, Clinical Services Manager, said: “We were absolutely delighted when DOT approached us. Our residents thoroughly enjoyed the performance and we look forward to welcoming the students back again.”

Dignity Action Day, which was on 1st February, promotes people’s rights to dignity within all care services. Staff at Derwen College are ‘Dignity Champions’ which means they strongly believe everyone deserves to be treated with dignity, and that this is their basic human right. It also means students understand and experience the true meaning of dignity and its value.

The college also celebrated Dignity Action Day in other ways. Customers to Derwen College’s Garden Café had the chance to put the ‘tea’ in dignity by enjoying a free cup of tea for every visitor. The café, which is open to the public, offers students valuable real-life work experience in the kitchen and front of house.

Finally, the college created its own Dignity Tree where staff and students were encouraged to write their thoughts and views on what dignity means on coloured leaves which were then used to decorate the tree.

Derwen College is one the largest independent colleges in the country and it has been graded ‘Outstanding’ in the last three consecutive Ofsted inspections. The college has has recently been shortlisted for two awards in the national TES FE Awards. The college has been nominated for Specialist Provider of the Year Award and Employer Engagement Award.

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