Who We Are
Tavistock Dementia Alliance
In June 2012 members of the Rotary Club of Tavistock decided to create a project group with the aim of participating in the Prime Minister’s challenge of creating dementia-friendly communities across the UK. The Club has a long history of working on dementia issues through the national organisation REPOD (Rotarians Easing Problems of Dementia) and had helped establish the Tavistock Memory Café. By September 2012 the group had recruited a wide range of stakeholders, supporters and experts in the field. From emergency services to businesses; from GPs to Consultants; all volunteers committed to working towards making Tavistock a dementia-friendly town.The group gained the encouragement of Angela Rippon, national Co- chair of the Dementia-Friendly Communities Champion Group to act as Patron to the Tavistock Alliance which was formally launched in December 2012 at a Dementia Awareness Day in the Town Hall.
Pictured left to right are: Dr. Stephen Pearson (Consultant Psychiatrist), June Wildman (Chair of Tavistock Memory Cafe), Angela Rippon (Patron of Alliance), Tony Parker (Chair of Alliance) and Councillor Robin Musgrave (Mayor of West Devon).
The objects of theTavistock Dementia Alliance Community Interest Organisation are to relieve the needs of people with dementia and their carers in Tavistock and surrounding area for the public benefit by:
The Alliance is now a Registered Charity.
We will do this by:
Structure and Meetings
Governance and Structure: the Alliance has three main groups; Executive (6 Trustees), Steering and Supporters' groups. The members of the Steering Group work collaboratively towards the shared aims and within the shared values of the Alliance.
Decision Making: The Steering Group will normally make strategic and operational decisions collectively but if for reasons of effectiveness and efficiency it is necessary for some day-to-day matters to be decided upon promptly, some decisions may be referred and delegated to the appointed Executive Group of the Alliance.
Action Plan: All the detail of the actions, measures and timescales that contribute to evaluating the success of the Alliance are contained in the 2017/18 Action Plan. This is freely available and can be downloaded by clicking here.
The Alliance is currently analysing and identifying the training, briefing, advice and policy needs of all those organisations in the Town who have pledged their support to the project.
Tavistock BID: (Business Improvement District) With over 300 networked local business members BID is acting as conduit for information on the Alliance including a significant presence for the Alliance on their web-site. BID is also acting as an effective lobbyist and campaigner with other organisations on town centre issues and ways to improve the business environment.
TASS: Tavistock Area Support Services - TASS offers activities in Tavistock and drop in centre's in local outlying areas. It includes the Memory Cafe. It has established important networks to support those in need and is now also acting as an advocate on the part of the Alliance in promoting Tavistock as a dementia-friendly Town.
TACT: Tavistock Area Christians Together - a network of churches and fellowships in the Tavistock area who are working with the Alliance in places of worship to make them more dementia-friendly. This was highlighted as a specific local need in a survey conducted through the Memory Café.
Tavistock College: the local college has been selected as a pioneer school piloting education and training in dementia. As Angela Rippon, Patron of the Tavistock Alliance has said “It is only through educating the next and future generations that the current stigma associated with dementia can be eradicated.”
Devon County Council Management plan: papers from the Alliance have been submitted to guide and influence policy makers on many issues including, street furniture signs, footpaths. A County and Borough Councillor sits on the Alliance steering group
Rotary – District: Through REPOD and work with the South West Rotary District other Rotary Clubs are being encouraged to ‘take up the baton’ and act as catalysts to creating dementia-friendly communities. Presentations have been made to numerous Clubs and collaborative arrangements established to facilitate this project.
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