Trustees – who are we?
Kingsbridge Dementia Friendly Community is an unincorporated charity. We are a group of volunteers who are passionate about raising awareness of dementia in our local community.
We meet every 2 – 3 months at Quay House in Kingsbridge. The meetings are open to anyone who has an interest in dementia. We keep minutes of our meetings and these are available below.
Rebecca Weare – Chair
I live in Kingsbridge with my husband and son. I was always very close to my Grandma and she was a great inspiration to me. She was diagnosed with vascular dementia several years before she died in 2013 and it was hard to see her change as the dementia progressed.
When I took part in a Dementia Friends Session in early 2017 I understood more about how my Grandma was affected by dementia, it helped me to understand that we did the right things to care for her. I want to pass on my experience and help anyone in my community who may be struggling to cope with dementia. I became a Dementia Friends Champion in April 2017 and I am passionate about raising awareness and supporting my community. I am also a solicitor at Start Point Law
Beccy Bristow – Treasurer
I live and work in the South Hams. I live in Chillington with my partner and our dog. I work in Kingsbridge I am a solicitor at Start Point Law.
My great grandmother had Dementia and I have memories of going to visit her when I was very young and it always being a little difficult. I wish I had understood at a younger age what it all meant. No one really explained to me what was happening. I believe it is very important that we raise awareness of Dementia and that we include younger members of our community.
I attended a Dementia Friends Information Session at the beginning of 2017 and it had such an effect on me that I decided to become a Dementia Friends Champion. In April 2017, I attended a training course in Bristol and after this became a Dementia Friends Champion. Being a Dementia Friends Champion is a fantastic way of getting out and talking to people in our community and finding out what really matters to people living with Dementia, their family, friends and carers.
Julian Brazil – Trustee
My father had dementia and I was lucky enough to be able help and support him during his last years. It was a very difficult time especially emotionally but it was also a very special time. The more people understand dementia and how it affects us all directly or indirectly the better people's lives will be. I am the County Councillor for the Kingsbridge division.
Roger Tyler – Trustee
Since retiring from teaching at Kingsbridge Community College, I have been involved in various community projects. I helped establish Devon Lane Credit Union, and more recently Kingsbridge Foodbank. I am involved with the Cornelius Fund, a local charity concerned with local homelessness issues. I am currently a trustee at WordWise, the Christian bookshop on Fore Street. I attend Malborough Baptist Church, and am keen for all the local churches to become dementia friendly.
Derek Weaving – Trustee
I am Chairman of Kingsbridge and Salcombe Caring, and have been involved with the Kingsbridge Dementia Friendly Community since its inception. I first came to the South Hams as a young man, for officer training at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. I bought my first family home in Dartmouth a few years later, where the first two of my four children were born. Although my careers – first in the Royal Navy, then in management consulting and finally in financial markets – have subsequently taken me around the world, I have always been a frequent visitor to Devon. In 2014 I retired from full-time professional life and now live near Frogmore.
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We have been recognised by The Alzheimer's Society as meeting their criteria for a dementia friendly community and we are proud to be allowed to use the "working to become dementia friendly 2018-2019". We are permitted to award organisations and businesses that are working with us on our action plan to use the logo and display a window sticker. If you are interested in finding out how your organisation can work with us please get in touch
More information about Dementia Friendly Communities can be found here:
You can access a copy of our Action Plan here: