Who are we?...
DMCC has been set up by Memory Cafes in Devon for Memory Cafes in Devon and our small committee who have been charged with running the consortium are all involved with Memory Cafes across the county.
At the heart of the aim of the Devon Memory Café Consortium (DMCC) is to support people living with Dementia and their carers through the Memory Café movement – making sure that they have access to peer support, information and advice and meaningful activities. DMCC is a membership organisation that has been set up by mostly independent Memory Cafés and our small committee who have been charged with running the Consortium and are all involved in local Memory Cafés across the county.
We hold an annual convention to keep all our members up-to-date with current developments. Membership of Devon Memory Café Consortium is open to all Memory Cafés across the county
Annual convention 2018
Meet the trustees...
Chair - June Wildman
I have been a Trustee of DMCC since it’s inception and have been involved in dementia matters in the County for nearly twenty years (my husband lived with dementia from 2000-2017). I am also a Trustee and founder member of Tavistock Memory Cafe and a Carer Ambassador for Devon County Council. I have represented carers on various DCC and NHS committees for a number of years and am at present also involved in rewriting the Carers Dementia Pathway for Devon County Council.
Secretary - Jane Edwards
I started working for Devon Memory Café Consortium in October 2018 and met with Jim, David and June when they recruited their first part-time administrator for the charity. I work closely with the Chairperson and Trustees to keep Memory Café Coordinators informed of developments in the county and nationally by: emails, newsletters, information sheets etc. Since starting work for DMCC there have been many changes (and challenges) and I am sure still yet more lie ahead.
Trustee - Rachel Johnson
Rachel is a trustee and chair of the Cafe Committee for Sid Valley Memory Cafe and has been a trustee of Devon Memory Cafe Consortium since its inception. Having been involved in the development of memory cafes since 2010, Rachel is passionate about the difference memory cafes make in connecting people living with dementia and their carers to peer and social support, invaluable information following a diagnosis, practical advice and the hand of friendship. For the past four years, Rachel has worked full-time for Dementia UK, setting up specialist dementia nurses for families across the South West and South Wales and prior to that she was a small business owner, ran a number of independent support groups for people with dementia, established an award-winning reminiscence project and published a book, Dementia and the Family. As well as being involved with Sid Valley Memory Cafe and Devon Memory Cafe Consortium, Rachel is a trustee of a charity called Five Lives which delivers educational workshops to schools on drugs, alcohol and self-harm and was a founding trustee for Balloons child bereavement charity. Rachel also brings personal experience as a family carer to all that she does.
Treasurer - Chris Palmer
To provide some background, I grew up in Horrabridge and Tavistock.
I served in the Royal Navy for 11 years before leaving to move into banking and financial services. I returned to Tavistock in 2012 and at that time set up my Financial Planning Business.
I am now the Managing Director of Hansford Bell Financial Planning based in Tavistock. A large part of my business is providing advice and recommendations for clients in later life. This includes advice regarding provision of care fees, later life lending, estate and tax planning.
Since 2013 I have been involved with Tavistock Dementia Action Alliance of which I am now a Trustee and Treasurer. While I have not had any personal experience of dementia through family or close friends, I do regularly deal with clients that are directly or indirectly affected and of course this impacts on the advice I provide. To ensure I provide clients with the absolute best service I can, I have taken an active role with TDAA to help improve my knowledge and understanding. This has led to an increased awareness of the problems faced by those affected and in turn has driven my desire to help those in need where I can.
Trustee - Anne McKiernan
Anne has worked in Charity and Education for most of her working life either on the caring side or in fundraising and business development. Her last full time role was as Associate Director of Development and then Healthcare Business Lead for the University of Warwick. She moved back to North Devon in 2015 and in January 2016 started as the Cafe Coordinator for the Barnstaple & South Molton Memory Cafes. Her involvement in improving the lives of those living with dementia has ranged from raising over £1m towards the cost of building specially designed ‘dementia friendly’ care homes for MHA and finding business partners for research into the causes of dementia to running the Memory Cafes and supporting both the cared for and carers.
Trustee - Emma Hayden
I was also brought up in Horrabridge enjoying the beautiful scenery of Dartmoor.
I stayed local, completing my degree in Business Management at Plymouth University. After starting my career in the banking industry, a fantastic opportunity arose via Hansford Bell. I have always been interested in finance and helping people so the role of Head of Commercial and Domestic Finance suited me perfectly.
Through the help of the firm, I am now gaining my qualifications to become a Financial Life Planner and I am enjoying my studies for this. Although, I have not been personally affected by Dementia, I was really grateful for the opportunity to become a part of the Memory Café. I think it’s an amazing charity helping those in need, along with their carers and loved ones. I look forward to supporting the charity and being part of the team, who have been so very welcoming.
Advisor - Andy Francis (Website and social media)
In 2005 I become involved with one of the first memory cafes in the westcountry and seeing the need I started building the first UK online Memory Cafe Directory. In 2016 this had grown considerably and the model was then taken on by the Alzheimers Society.
Having worked for some time with the late Jim Delves and David Light I then became involved with the Devon Memory Cafe Consortium and to this day have assisted in supporting the great work done by the DMCC and creating the continued presence on social media and the internet.
What we do
Our aims and objectives
Our objective is to promote of the efficient and effective use of resources for charitable purposes among the network of over 50 independently run Memory Cafés in Devon for the public benefit by acting as an informed voice representing Memory Cafés in Devon and providing training and setting a bench mark for quality assurance of service for member Memory Cafés.
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Quality Assurance mark
Memory Cafe Matters
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