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About Us

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We are an informal partnership initiative of organisations and individuals from across the public, private and community sectors of the Forest of Dean District.

Our Alliance is facilitated by the Dementia Friendly Community Enabler Team which is based within the Forest of Dean District Council at Coleford, but the team are spread across the District and we cover every area.

 

Aims and Objectives

The Forest of Dean Dementia Action Alliance is an informal partnership which is working to support communities across the Forest of Dean District to become Dementia Friendly by:

  • Improving access into buildings/community spaces (such as village halls and shops)
  • Improving the wider communities understanding of dementia by giving information, education and support.
  • Enabling people living with dementia, their carer’s, family members and friends, to have a voice.
  • Creating networks which support both members of the Forest of Dean District Dementia Alliance and the wider community.
  • Developing supportive resources – ie Let’s Talk Dementia Board Game, Chance to Chat postcards, Pet Owners Living with Dementia Leaflets.
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Dementia Action Alliance Founders

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Andrew Morgan-Watts

Founder and Dementia Champion of the Forest of Dean District

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Andrew Morgan-Watts

Founder and Dementia Champion of the Forest of Dean District

I have lived in The Royal Forest of Dean for just eight years. I help Lena Maller as a volunteer, with her Dementia Friendly Community work which includes the Dementia Enablers Team and the Forest of Dean Dementia Action Alliance. I moved from West London to semi-retirement in 2010 with my Wife Linda, at about this time we found that my wife of almost 40yrs, had Dementia. Semi-retirement very quickly became retirement, and I stopped driving up and down the M4 a couple of times a week. We have three children (now all adults), Emma, Kirsty and Drew. Soon after arriving here Linda and I started The Silver Steps exercise sessions at Woolaston Memorial Hall. In my spare time I try to help with our 5 wonderful Grandchildren. For 60 yrs. I have been a member of The Scout Association and to my surprise at the age of 69, I have just gone back into Scout uniform, having been appointed Deputy District Commissioner for the FOD. In addition to being Linda’s Carer and grandchildren school run chauffeur, I spend my time enjoying working with and for the community {usually wearing one of my many bright shirts}. For the last four years I have delighted to see the resurgence of Woolaston Carnival and the formation of PrayForest, meeting to pray for the Forest. Despite the challenges of Dementia, I try to stay positive and enjoy life.

Meet the Dementia Friendly Community Enablers