Churchill Fellowship award to Torquay woman

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(Last Updated On: April 25, 2019)

Kay Jodrell, an activities co-ordinator at the Warberries Nursing Home, has been awarded a Fellowship to research Montessori and Dementia. Her project ” Fostering Independence” will take her to Chardon, Ohio, Burlington, Canada and Sydney in Australia. She leaves in early May for 6 weeks and will be accompanied by her better half, Russ.

Kay studied as a Montessori Directress with the London Montessori Institute and owned 2 preschools in South Africa. Since returning to the UK in 2015 and settling down with her childhood sweetheart, she moved into the field of Dementia care. Encouraged by a 2017 Churchill Fellow, Lorraine George, who is pioneering Intergenerational projects here in Torbay, Kay applied for the first time in 2018. She was short-listed but not chosen. This did not discourage her, and she applied again for a 2019 Fellowship, which to her delight she got.

Kay hopes to impact the Care Home industry by raising the profile of Montessori methodology in Elder Care, especially Dementia Care. Person-centred care is the way forward,  allowing Elders to retain their independence for as long as possible is the aim.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust runs the Churchill Fellowships, a unique programme of overseas research grants. These support UK citizens from all parts of society to travel the world in search of innovative solutions for today’s most pressing problems.

Every year we award 150 Fellowships. These fund outstanding individuals to travel for 4-8 weeks, anywhere in the world, researching a topic of their choice among global leaders in their field. On their return, we help them to share their global learning with professions and communities across the UK.

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