A joint initiative with Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise and charity Well Connected has recently won an award at The Dental Awards.

The Dental Ambassador programme which has been delivered for several years in Plymouth, Cornwall and more recently with Dartington Lifeworks College by Well Connected, with support from PDSE, won the Best Charity/Outreach Initiative [South] category.

The unique six-week initiative is led by an Oral Health Educator and a Community Engagement specialist. The programme has a focus on key oral health messages and encourages adults and young people with learning disabilities to increase their knowledge and awareness about their own oral health and share this with other people.

The programme uses lots of different teaching materials and resources, including games, activities and demonstrations. The interactive and accessible approach ensures that everyone can participate and have fun as they discover more about teeth and how to keep smiles healthy and happy.

Robert Witton, Chief Executive at Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise and Director of Social Engagement and Community-based Dentistry in the University of Plymouth’s Peninsula Dental School said:

“On behalf of all at PDSE we wish to congratulate Well Connected on successfully winning the award for the Dental Ambassadors programme that we are proud to support.”

In the same award category, PDSE were also Highly Commended for their Community Clinic which provides dental care to vulnerable adults in the Plymouth community.

Well Connected is committed to supporting healthier communities. As expert providers in community engagement and health improvement in the South West region, they help disadvantaged groups to access services and adopt positive lifestyles.

Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise is committed to improving dental health in the South West through treatment, education, community and training. Created by the University of Plymouth in 2013, PDSE runs the University’s four Dental Education Facilities throughout Devon and Cornwall and is a NHS training clinic for its dental profession students from University of Plymouth, including dentists, dental nurses and hygiene therapists, and postgraduate students on specialist courses such as restorative dentistry.

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