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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

Dementia Friendly Communities

You can access a copy of our Action Plan here:

Action Plan

Minutes