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About Gloucestershire Dementia

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Sarah Davies – Founder

I have had personal contact with dementia and I cared for my grandmother through the breadth of her dementia journey. The challenges we faced together gave and continue to give me the passion to pursue a career within dementia.

I became a Dementia Friendly Community Enabler in 2017 following the creation of the Dementia Enabler Project.  My work helped me gain valuable knowledge about dementia and how it effects and changes people’s lives and also allowed me to continue supporting and helping people, which has always been my underlying passion

I am very keen about communities being enabled and supported to become Dementia Friendly and for those living with dementia, their friends, families and carers to feel supported to remain connected and included by their communities not only for social connections, but for day to day living.  

As an Enabler, firstly within the Forest of Dean, and then latterly within the County, I have enjoyed having local and strategic conversations with other like-minded people.  With everyone working to proactively inform, inspire and enable other community conversations our aim is the creation and establishment of Gloucestershire Dementia Action Alliance.  Providing that full bottom up / top down network for the benefit of everyone.”

Lena Maller  – Founder

My baseline in developing the FODDAA and now supporting the Gloucestershire DAA, has been the training I received from the Dementia Education Team; being part of the Dementia Training and Education Strategy network means that I always know “a man that can” which has always given me confidence, like my secret weapon!  

I have also been a Dementia Champion for the Alzheimer’s Society, which has further expanded my resources and my awareness offer.

At the Forest of Dean District Council I have had a number of different roles which have enabled me to support the development of the Forest of Dean Dementia Action Alliance.  In 2017 I secured Department of Communities and Local Government (now Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government), one year funding to pilot the Dementia Friendly Community Enabler team for the district. This then led to a further three years funding locally.  During the later years, we became increasing aware that there needed to be more consistency around the county, to redress the post code lottery of awareness.   

With strategic support from the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Dementia Commissioners, some funding has enabled us to continue Gloucestershire conversations – sharing our knowledge, experiences and resources to enable the development of other district Dementia Action Alliances and the development of the Gloucestershire Dementia Action Alliance.  Bottom up and top down conversations and partnership working.”

 Phil Sullivan – Chair

I have been aware of issues relating to dementia for many year first as a Police Officer, then working at a District Council. I became more involved, particularly with Dementia Friendly
Communities when I lead on the “Older but Not Overlooked” plan of aprevious Police and Crime Commissioner, Mr Martin Surl.

In that role, I was able to create opportunities to develop partnership responses to this subject, at the same time building up on my own knowledge and understanding. I was able to assist the PCC in his support of initiatives such as the “Let’s Talk Dementia” Board Game.

As a volunteer I currently Chair Gloucestershire Older Peoples Association (GOPA), Gloucestershire Neighbourhood Watch Association, Gloucestershire Hate Crime and Incident Strategic Group, Stroud Beresford Domestic Violence Refuge and Chair of several other charities within the County.

My aspiration is to be able to use my knowledge and experiences to help make a difference by supporting the development of the Gloucestershire Dementia Action Alliance – a proactive partnership of individuals from across communities, groups, statutory and voluntary organisations within the
County.

My professional career spanned 35 years in Policing within
Gloucestershire, Derbyshire and Gwent, retiring in 2000 in
Gloucestershire as a Divisional Commander. On retirement from the
Police, I became Head of Community Safety at Stroud District Council,
where my work with that service and my voluntary work was
recognised by being awarded an MBE.

Aims and Objectives 

People

 Giving people information and raising awareness of dementia. Inspiring and enabling people to ‘turn their understanding into action’.

Places

Working proactively to make community buildings and places more accessible.

Living with Dementia

 Involving people living with dementia and their families as much as possible, in a way that is important to them.

Networks

 Enabling people forums where people can come together to network, share best practice and be supported – providing a full bottom up / top down network.

Resources

Creating and sharing resources and good practice.

Want to join the alliance?

We welcome support from across the community. If you are interested please contact us by emailing info@gloucestershiredementia.co.uk

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