College champions dignity in care

Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) will be holding a DigniTEA event at their Knutton Lane campus on Wednesday 1 February to promote the positive aspects of care for Dignity Action Day.

Work Based Learning staff in Health and Social Care and students from the College will be serving tea, coffee and homemade cakes to a range of visitors, including members of the community, service users from residential care homes and individuals with learning disabilities from across Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent.

Dignity Action Day aims to ensure people who use care services are treated as individuals and are given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives.

The event will start at 2.30pm and take place in the College’s Coffee Lounge. Along with serving refreshments, staff and students have organised activities and entertainment. Chris Rawlinson, who is an assessor at NULC, will be singing a selection of songs from the 1950s, a representative from Madeley Senior Group will be leading a game of ‘Hoy’ and a raffle will take place where all proceeds raised will go to Canine Partners, a charity that trains assistance dogs to meet the needs of individuals with complex physical disabilities.

The College will welcome Shirley Way from CareMatch to say a few words to open the event and she will be joined by a local Health and Social Care Manager who will read a poem about dignity in care.

Jane Tunnicliff, Head of Work Based Learning at NULC, said: “As a College, we’ve always supported Dignity Action Day by organising an annual event to raise awareness of dignity in care. It’s a great opportunity for us to give something back to local communities across Staffordshire whilst raising awareness of an important cause. Each year we have supplied refreshments including cakes and biscuits made by NULC students and we’ve organised a number of entertaining activities with great prizes to be won.”

Health and Social Care students have supported with the organisation of the event as part of their studies and set curriculum. NULC offers a number of Health and Social Care courses for young people to study once they have left school.

For more information contact Joe Hambleton, Marketing & PR Officer in 01782 254265 or email

Media Opportunities: Members of the media are invited to Newcastle-under-Lyme College on Wednesday 1 February from 2.30pm. Please contact Joe Hambleton, Marketing and PR Officer ( / 01782 254265) to confirm your attendance.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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