I am passionate about making a difference for people with dementia having supported my father through this debilitating disease. Not only did the disease rob him of his memory but also excluded him socially. A day out with something like Tapestry Lunch Club would have made a big difference to his quality of life and feelings of self-worth. Furthermore, potentially it might have delayed his move into residential care.
I have always enjoyed working with people. I worked for over 20 years in schools both as a teacher and in their Marketing Departments. I have been a listening volunteer for Horsham and Crawley Samaritans for over 4 years and through this have realised increasingly that there is such a great need for support in our communities.
I am married with 3 grown up children, a daughter-in-law and two gorgeous dogs. My life is very varied, I have travelled extensively and love the out doors from walking to sailing, however do enjoy quiet times reading and crocheting.
I have always been a very caring, empathetic and supportive person, and have experienced first hand both those living with dementia and those who are socially very isolated. Social isolation is not only a heart-breaking phenomenon, but is unequivocally linked to the onset of dementia. I feel the need to help reduce the numbers of people sliding into dementia by first providing support and care to those who feel ‘transparent’, lonely, depressed and isolated.
I spent the past three years working for a family run residential care home business. Although my role was within the marketing team, it is there that I learnt so much about community spirit, care and compassion for the elderly. Prior to this post, I worked for 25 years in the media and communications business for some of the world’s leading tech and B2B brands.
Having been born in Colombia and grown up overseas, I am an intrepid traveller, – 67 countries and counting – passionate photographer, skier,mother of two beautiful teenage daughters and wife of one very patient, supportive husband!