Latest news and information from Dementia Jersey

Join us on Saturday 10 December at 2.30pm for the annual Dementia Jersey Christmas Carol Service at the Town Church (St Helier Parish Church). The service will be followed by refreshments and festive mince pies.

Some disabled parking will be available in the church grounds for people with a blue disabled parking card and on the day we will operate a drop-off system for others with mobility problems.

We really look forward to seeing all our friends and supporters at this years service.

For further information
Email: info@dementia.je or Tel: 01534 723519
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Today marks #InternationalVolunteerDay and we wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate our incredible volunteers and trustees who have given up their time in 2022 to support the work we do. Your contribution and commitment means that we can continue to provide much needed support to people in Jersey living with dementia.

We couldn’t do what we do without you, thank you! 👏🏽
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The AJC Christmas Fair is back! Come see us tomorrow (Saturday 26th) at the Town Hall where we'll be selling our lovely Christmas cards designed by some of our Art Exploration group attendees and our remaining 300 Club tickets! Other great local charities will be there selling their Christmas goodies too. Plus entertainment from Jerrriaise folk band Mêli-Mêlo, BSK Choir, SwingStyle and Auerole Choir.

Time: 9.30pm to 3.30pm
Location: Assembly Room at the Town Hall

Santa and his Elf will be arriving at 12.30 for the little ones - £3 per child. All proceeds will go to Santa's charity of choice.

Light lunches/refreshments will be available from the BSK crew!

See you there 🎅🏽
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Did you know you can support Dementia Jersey whilst doing your online shopping? If you’re shopping online this Christmas, you can help raise money at no extra cost by joining EasyFundraising 🎄

It’s a really easy way to raise money for us – you just use the easyfundraising site to shop online with more than 7,000 retailers, including Amazon, John Lewis, ASOS, Booking.com, Boden, and M&S (just to name a few!) and when you make a purchase, we get a free donation, at no extra cost to you.

It only takes three easy steps to set up:

1. To get started, visit our page on the easyfundraising website here: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/dementiajersey/ [link in bio]

2. Then click the ‘Support this cause’ button and register for a free account with easyfundraising.

3. Start shopping! Once you have registered, use the easyfundraising website to find retailers and then shop online as normal.

You can find out more about how it works by visiting https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/how-it-works

Another simple way to help raise money for Dementia Jersey is to use our Co-op share number: 42

Thank you! 🎅🏽

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Our amazing Art Exploration group have been super creative designing and painting these fabulous Christmas tree decorations for us to use on our entry at this year’s Christmas Tree Festival at St.Peter’s Church.

The Christmas Tree festival runs from 3rd December – 11th December, and you can view all the beautifully decorated trees between 11am – 5pm each day.
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With Christmas just around the corner, it's time to order your Dementia Jersey cards! 🎄

Our beautiful Christmas cards have been designed by individuals from our Art Exploration Group. They are the perfect way to spread festive joy to your loved ones while helping to support people in Jersey living with dementia.

Pack of 5 mixed designs costs £5. Please email info@dementia.je or call us on 01534 723519 to order yours today!

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Meet Matt Doyle - Trustee

Matt joined the Board of Trustees in April 2022. Matt is a Jersey based General Practitioner who splits his time working between Jersey and London. He has had experience of working and caring for people with Dementia both professionally and personally. In his spare time he is a keen amateur musician.

We asked Matt the following questions about being a trustee:

Why did you decide to become a Trustee for Dementia Jersey?

I have a strong connection with dementia from medical interest as a practising GP and also on a personal level with a family member who with severe Alzheimers.

How do your skills and experiences benefit Dementia Jersey as a charity?

I am able to provide a medical background on dementia based issues from a local perspective.

What do you enjoy about being a trustee for Dementia Jersey?

I enjoy working with the highly skilled and enthusiastic team at Dementia Jersey who are working together on such an important island issue and to help Jersey become a more dementia friendly island.

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Meet Lauren Perchard-Rees - New Trustee

Lauren joined the Board of Trustees in September 2022. Prior to then she had held the position of Executive Director of another local health related charity for 7 years. She is keen to share her experiences and passions on a voluntary basis, supporting the further growth of Dementia Jersey – a charity she feels is professional and personal, and whose remit will only grow as more people are expected to become affected by dementia.

We asked Lauren the following questions about being a trustee:

Why did you decide to become a Trustee for Dementia Jersey?

I stepped down as Executive Director at another health related Jersey charity earlier this year and felt really motivated to continue to develop and utilise my experience at Board level. With a change in working hours and family priorities it meant I had some time to volunteer during the evenings for a cause and charity I have so much appreciation for. Volunteering is good for your brain and your soul!

How do your skills and experiences benefit Dementia Jersey as a charity?

As I am new to the Board I am still learning about the strategy and culture of the charity and I look forward to establishing where I can make the most impact in my role. I believe both my experiences in leadership and delivering and developing holistic health services, will be a good fit alongside the other specialist skills fellow members of the Board have.

What do you enjoy about being a trustee for Dementia Jersey?

Mostly I enjoy working alongside a brilliant group of people all striving for a common goal to improve the lives of people affected by dementia in Jersey, including family and supporters.

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Meet Simon Perchard - New Trustee and Treasurer

Simon is one of our new Trustees and joined Dementia Jersey in September 2022. He has also taken on the role of Treasurer for the charity. Simon was formerly secretary of the Jersey Cycling Association. Simon is a chartered accountant and has spent over 30 years working in the financial services industry in Jersey. He qualified as an accountant with Coopers & Lybrand before working at Abacus and latterly VG Jersey (formerly Volaw Trust Company).

We asked Simon the following questions about being a trustee:

Why did you decide to become a Trustee for Dementia Jersey?

In my getting back to physical health this summer with the help of others, I decided I wanted to perform a role where I could help an organisation when capable to do so. The opportunity presented itself through a longstanding connection with a former work colleague and here I am !

How do your skills and experiences benefit Dementia Jersey as a charity?
I expect to be appointed Treasurer shortly so I hope my accountancy qualification and experience will see me through this. In addition, as a former director in a local trust company, I hope my experience of helping to run that organisation will be useful for my time as trustee.

What do you enjoy about being a trustee for Dementia Jersey?
Whilst being new to role, I have already enjoyed meeting and working with a variety of people that care about the delivery of Dementia Jersey’s aims.

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Meet John Doublard - Trustee

John joined Dementia Jersey in November 2018 and brings with him a wealth of experience of organisational matters having worked within IT and Operations in Jersey for over 26 years for leading financial services and legal firms.

In addition to acting as Trustee for the charity, John also chairs the Fundraising and Awareness Committee where focus is on raising the profile of the charity and securing financial assistance from islanders and businesses.

We asked John the following questions about being a trustee:

Why did you decide to become a Trustee for Dementia Jersey?

I saw first-hand the wonderful work the charity does when they supported my dad and provided advice and respite for my mum a few years back. My mum is still an active volunteer and I wanted to support her efforts and also give some time to the charity in memory of my dad.

How do your skills and experiences benefit Dementia Jersey as a charity?

I have worked in financial services in Jersey for over 27 years and over that time I have been involved in many technology and operational changes, so my aim is to bring that experience to the charity to support its ambitious plans for growth and seize the opportunity we have in Jersey to provide the very best support to people living with dementia and those amazing people who care for them.

What do you enjoy about being a trustee for Dementia Jersey?

Being still quite a small charity (and a small island), the impact of change can be significant, I have enjoyed watching the charity grow over the past 4 years, supporting more people than ever in a variety of ways. These positive outcomes make a difference to people lives, it’s one of the most rewarding things I have done.

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Meet Chris - Trustee and Chairman

Chris joined Dementia Jersey as a Trustee in April 2017 and became Chairman in February 2019. He is also Chairman of the Strategy and Governance Committees of Dementia Jersey.

Chris has held various honorary positions in the Charitable sector in Jersey including Chairman of the Association of Jersey Charities, Chairman of Sanctuary Trust and a trustee of Family Nursing and Homecare.

Chris is an Advocate of the Royal Court and his ‘day job’ is a lawyer with Ogier. Chris was a partner of that firm for 30 years until he semi-retired in 2012 and is now a Consultant.

We asked Chris the following questions about being a trustee:

Why did you decide to become a Trustee for Dementia Jersey?

Because my wife’s best friend was diagnosed with Dementia and I wanted to find out more about it. Also it is the fastest growing health issue in people over 65, of which I am one!

How do your skills and experience benefit Dementia Jersey as a charity.

I have been a lawyer for over 40 years and this has stood me in good stead to assist with Governance matters and also any legal matters that the Charity needs advice on. I have also been involved in the charitable sector for over 20 years and this has helped in terms of sourcing grant funding and understanding how the sector operates, which is very different from the private sector.

What do you enjoy about being a Trustee of Dementia Jersey

I love working with people in the charitable sector as they really are dedicated, selfless and caring people who make such a difference to the lives of others. Although Dementia Jersey is a small charity, it has a big heart and really punches above its weight. The impact of dementia on people’s lives is enormous and to be able to support people both living with dementia, and their carers and family, and hopefully make a real difference is extremely rewarding

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Meet Felicity - Trustee

Felicity became a Trustee of Dementia Jersey in 2012 after some years of using our services when caring for her husband. A Chartered Accountant with an MBA, Felicity contributes to the Dementia Jersey’s strategy and finances by sitting on the Strategy and Finance committees.

We asked Felicity the following questions about being a trustee:

Why did you decide to become a Trustee for Dementia Jersey?

When I was caring for my husband who was living with dementia, I found great support in the services of the charity, particularly in what was then the Friendship group. Later, when I was invited to become a Trustee, I was happy to accept, with a view to helping to expand support for those impacted by dementia on the Island.

How do your skills and experiences benefit Dementia Jersey as a charity?
I have lived experience as a carer of close family members, both in Jersey and in the UK - as have many of the Trustees. This means I appreciate the value of what Dementia Jersey can offer but can also challenge if there is more I feel we could or should be doing.
I am the longest serving trustee and so can offer the history and context.
I am also an accountant and serve on the Finance and Strategy Committees.

What do you enjoy about being a trustee for Dementia Jersey?
I enjoy hearing from people who say what a positive difference Dementia Jersey has made to them.
I enjoy my all too rare trips to Musical Memories.
I enjoy reading the reports from the Lived Experience Advisory Panel, very good to have this quality of feedback on a range of issues.
I have enjoyed working with different trustees over the years, attending the Alzheimer Europe conference with Jim Hollywood and Michaela was a highlight.
This evening the Finance Committee agreed to recommend a 2023 “growth” budget to the Trustees, which, if accepted, will enable an expansion of services, activities and new initiatives.

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Next week is Trustees’ Week which is a time for charities to come together to celebrate the achievements of over 1 million trustees across the UK.

Dementia Jersey have 10 trustees and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their commitment and the effort they make to help us grow as a charity.

Our trustees' bring a range of skills and experiences that are invaluable to Dementia Jersey. Their dedication is helping Jersey become a more dementia friendly island.

Over the next week we will be publishing some posts introducing some of the new trustees who have joined Dementia Jersey during the summer.

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Join our 300 Club for £25 and be in with the chance of winning up to £100 every month throughout 2023. Our 300 Club helps raise vital funds to support those affected by dementia in Jersey.

You've got to be in it to win it! Find out more here https://www.dementia.je/300club/ - Good luck!

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