Our Partners

Sophie Carr
London College of Beauty Therapy

Sophie lives and works in London and has 10 years’ experience of working in the Beauty Therapy industry. She has taught at the London College of Beauty Therapy for 5 years and has managed the Therapeutic Massage course for nearly 3 years. Sophie has treated many people with massage and has seen first hand the positive impact massage can have on people with dementia. She has seen how much those that support people with dementia also benefit from being able to carry out the treatment.

Brian Daniels
dontleavemenow.co.uk

Brian Daniels is an established playwright whose work has been seen nationally and internationally including off-Broadway, New York. His play 'Don't Leave Me Now' explores the impact of dementia on two very different family units. There have been more than 40 rehearsed readings of the play and Dementia Pathfinders have supported a series of these readings with post-performance discussions. Brian is working closely with Dementia Pathfinders now in looking at ways in which drama can positively engage those who find themselves on the dementia journey.

David Dansky
Cycle Training UK

David is the Head of Training & Development for the worker's cooperative Cycle Training UK (CTUK). An organisation that aims to help people of all abilities and ages enjoy cycling. He is a qualified teacher and has used his teaching and curriculum development skills to develop a variety of courses aimed at various audiences including a course for cycling instructors helping them understand and teach people with special educational needs. David advises Transport for London and the Department for Transport on cycling matters and contributed to the Government guidance for the delivery of inclusive cycle training. CTUK has run cycling courses for people referred by their GPs and Borough Healthy Lifestyle departments enabling them to have fun on a bike, reap the health benefits and in many cases choose a bicycle to get around independently. David will be working with Dementia Pathfinders on piloting a programme, helping people with dementia experience the joy of cycling.

Dr Aimee Spector, Dr Helen Donovan, Dr Gemma Ridel & Dr Joshua Stott
Cognitive Stimulation Therapy

Dr Aimee Spector, University College London, UK. Dr Spector developed CST as her PhD and has since been involved in several ongoing research trials. She has authored four CST training manuals, developed this course and has delivered it to over 2000 people worldwide. Aimee also has extensive clinical experience working with people with dementia and in facilitating CST groups. Dr Spector leads the CST training and is Director of the International CST Centre.

Dr Helen Donovan qualified in 1994 in Australia as a clinical psychologist, and has worked in older people’s mental health in both Australia and the UK for more than fifteen years. She has been the psychology lead for older people in Bedfordshire mental health services since 2003. She became involved with Cognitive Stimulation Therapy in 2006 after Aimee Spector joined the Trust, and has been involved in CST groups, supervision, training and research since that time. She was part of the SHIELD research team, with Bedfordshire as one of the sites in the randomised controlled trial of Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy. She has provided many CST training workshops and conference presentations in the UK and Australia.

Dr Gemma Ridel is a clinical psychologist currently working with people with dementia in Norfolk. She is also a Clinical Tutor on the University of East Anglia Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programme. She has extensive experience of teaching, supervising and running CST groups.
Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, UK and University of East Anglia, UK.

Dr Joshua Stott is a clinical psychologist with 13 years post qualification experience working with people with dementia. He currently works as a principle clinical psychologist in a memory clinic in central London. He also works as a senior clinical tutor on the UCL Clinical Psychology doctorate and has extensive experience in training health professionals in Cognitive Stimulation Therapy and other psychosocial interventions for people with dementia. He has published number of papers on psychosocial issues and interventions in dementia and edited a book on systemic psychotherapy for older people.

Katy Hirst & Rhiannon Lane
Bright Shadow

Katy has a Masters degree in Drama and Theatre Studies with a specialism in Applied Performance from the University of Kent. As co-director of Bright Shadow, she is passionate about using performance to enable people to express themselves, build community and explore their creativity. She first started working with people with dementia during her degree and has loved working in this field ever since. Katy has worked with lots of professionals-from teachers to dementia care workers-facilitating them to utilise their creativity in the work place, work effectively as a team and try new and exciting ideas and approaches. With Bright Shadow she has delivered performance and dementia programmes in residential settings, produced and installation to raise public awareness of the experience of having dementia and has directed and performed in various touring productions.

Rhiannon has a Masters degree in Drama and Theatre Studies with a specialism in Applied Performance from the University of Kent. She has worked with people with dementia for the past five years and is dedicated to enabling older people to live well with dementia, to express their personalities and to enjoy the community in which they live. She is passionate about advocating for older people with dementia's right to live well and for their voices to be heard. As co director of Bright Shadow, Rhiannon has delivered performance and dementia programmes in residential settings, produced an installation to raise public awareness of the experience of having dementia and has devised and performed in various touring productions.

Rachel Mortimer
Engage and Create

Rachel has a Montessori Diploma with distinction and is completing a BSc in Psychology. She is a professional artist and has worked as a carer. Her love for people motivates her to want to help those who face challenges with old age and/or dementia. Rachel's nurturing workshops revive life skills and improve mental condition, helping and inspiring participants to remember, reminisce and rediscover forgotten aspects of their lives.

Veronica Franklin Gould & Nigel Franklin
Arts 4 dementia Early Stage Dementia Training

Arts 4 Dementia's Reawakening the Mind programme has established a workshop model for arts venues to re-energise and inspire people in the early stages of dementia and their carers. Early-Stage Dementia Awareness for Arts Facilitators training is developed with Dementia Pathfinders.

Veronica Franklin Gould, founder of Arts 4 dementia, has been developing an award-winning educational learning stream at arts venues to re-energise and inspire people affected by early stage dementia, and their carers and produced. As President of Arts 4 Dementia, Veronica steers A4D's arts programmes, and is committed to achieving direction to patients on diagnosis of dementia - to artistic stimulation as cognitive rehabilation, reablement.

Nigel Franklin, Chief Executive for Arts 4 dementia. Former Trustee of A4D, Nigel comes from a business, technology and Internet background - he developed the A4D wbesite and has been responsible for much of the marketing efforts.

Mandy Ross
Mandyross.co.uk

Mandy has worked on Reading for Well-Being since 2009 in mental health settings with Polly Wright of the Hearth Centre, reading aloud from poetry and fiction, and creative writing in response. Mandy and Polly deliver Reading for Wellbeing /Bibliotherapy courses with Dementia Pathfinders.  

Mandy is artistic co-director of Secret City Arts www.secretcityarts.com and enjoys cross-fertilising writing in projects with music, drama and other art forms. She has worked with Mac, CBSO, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham Libraries, Ledbury and Much Wenlock Poetry Festivals, Birmingham Museums Trust and she has taught at Birmingham and Newman Universities and BCU.

Polly Wright
The Hearth Centre

Polly is a writer, academic, performer and the artistic director of the Hearth Centre, which she set up in 2003 and which harnesses the transformative potential of the literary and dramatic arts to raise awareness, reduce stigma and promote well being in the field of mental health.  

Over the last five years, and in partnership with Mandy Ross, The Hearth Centre has pioneered  Reading for well Being, which links reading aloud to creative writing, in order to promote mental well-being and reduce stigma, in a process of shared creativity and reflection through literature. Mandy and Polly have delivered training in the method to approximately 800 NHS and library staff, and have also delivered the method directly to a wide range of people in the community, including mental health service users and the elderly. 

In the 1980s she was a professional actress, and founder member of the theatre company Women and Theatre, after which, as the Artistic Director of Hearth, she has been the sole author of eight plays, all of which have been professionally produced in partnership with Birmingham Rep, the Midlands Arts Centre, SHOUT LGBT arts festival and the Drum.

Beatrice Allegranti
beatriceallegranti.com

Beatrice Allegranti is an award winning dance artist, dance movement psychotherapist, capoeira teacher, feminist researcher and educator. Her practice has been influenced by a variety of inspirational mentors in the fields of dance, film, capoeira, feminism and psychotherapy. 

Beatrice’s international experience spans two decades and encompasses choreography and filmmaking as well as teaching, clinical practice and supervision. Feminist politics inform her practice and her work and collaborations exists at the intersections of biomedical, scientific and philosophical understandings of dance and moving bodies in relationship. Beatrice is passionate about the potential for (kin)aesthetic and embodied practices as vehicle for not just showing – but of ‘knowing’ – giving us a way to understand the complexity of human experiences in a multilayered and creative way. Beatrice Allegranti’s new short film, I Can’t Find Myself, explores the experience of dementia. 

Sarah Reed
Many Happy Returns

Sarah Reed became a dementia communication specialist in response to her mother’s decade-long experience of Alzheimer’s disease. As a result, she created 1940s and 1950s Many Happy Returns Chatterbox cards to encourage meaningful enjoyable engagement between carers and people with dementia through reminiscence and life story. 1960s cards are in production. Her interactive, evidence-based blended learning REAL Communication workshops for carers received the Gold Award at the 2014 Performance Learning Awards.

She is an AgeUK Expert-by-Experience and a member of CQC Adult Social Care co-production group. She works with the MY Home Life team and NCVO Volunteering in Care Homes Advisory board. In 2009, she received a Bank of America Local Hero Award for her long volunteer involvement with the national charity, Contact the Elderly.

Zoe Harris
Care Charts UK

Zoe Harris cared for her husband for 5 years at home before he moved to a care home with advanced dementia for the final 13 months of his life. Putting to use what she learned from that experience, Zoe developed the range of Remember I’m-Me-Care Charts which are now in use in over 900 care homes and increasing number of hospitals. These have won numerous awards and resulted in Zoe being named as a Nesta/Observer Radical and HSJ Innovator in 2014. Zoe’s previous careers have all had communication at their centre, whether journalism, public relations or marketing and she now combines that knowledge with her personal experience of caring to develop further communication tools and training for all care settings.

Music for Life

Music for Life aims to enhance the quality of life of its participants and to demonstrate to carers the emotional, social and physical potential of people in their care. Projects take place in residential homes and special day care centres, and focus on people who can be isolated and disempowered as a result of the advanced stage of their dementia.

Music for Life works with care staff to enhance their understanding of the emotional needs of people with dementia in the context of a person-centred approach to dementia care. Participants' personalities emerge more strongly through the work, and carers, who are also part of the team, can then re-evaluate their care of individuals in the light of their experience during the project.

This video introduces the significant impact of this programme

Krissi Hill
Medina Publishing

"You are lost and I have lost you"

Our Dementia Diary tells the love story of Rachael Dixey and her partner Irene as Irene battled with early-on-set Alzheimer’s.

Irene was in her early fifties when she was diagnosed with early-on-set Alzheimer’s and passed away at the age of 66. Rachael talks about the difficulties of accepting the unexpected diagnosis and the brusque way in which the information was delivered. For Rachael, the doctor’s brisk manner gave her a focus in a sea of uncertainty and confusion as she dealt with the loss of the partner she loved and the future she had imagined.

This beautiful story reveals the face behind the bathroom door that we all paint over before stepping outside. Rachael’s exploration of loss and grief is both heart-warming and tear-provoking. Filled with moments of hilarity, anger and a lot of confusion, Our Dementia Diary is a must read for anyone struggling to cope with the reality of the disease.

Rachael’s story has not only been recorded on paper but also adapted for the stage by the playwright Brian Daniels in his play, Don't Leave me Now

Read Rachael and Irene's Story here

Use the code DP3 to ensure that £3 from every copy is donated to Dementia Pathfinders.

For more information contact Krissi Hill at krissi@medinapublishing.com

Simon Hooper
RemindMeCare

RemindMeCare leads the market for bespoke reminiscence, family engagement and portable person centred care software.

Whilst care planning systems concentrate on recording data, RemindMeCare is a new breed of software – ‘activity based software’ that focuses on personal engagement and which by better knowing the person improves care, reduces costs and generates revenue.

RemindMeCare is a revolutionary, simple to use and inexpensive answer in today’s world of ever increasing care needs. Dementia and care of the elderly is demanding; for the person being cared for and for their carers. But the better a carer knows the person, the better it is for everyone. RemindMeCare places the person at the centre and provides unique tools and activities that assist them be better known for who they truly are.

DANCEEAST
danceeast.co.uk

DanceEast has been running a range of innovative community projects for over thirty years. They work with a range of partners on local, national and international projects and enjoy introducing people to dance for the first time as much as developing and refining skills in more experienced dancers.

DanceEast is launching a new programme of weekly classes for family carers and people living with Dementia, in partnership with New Adventures & Re:Bourne and Dementia Pathfinders.

The sessions are designed for family carers and those in the early stages of Dementia to share the experience together.

.