2017 Activity Report

The past year has been another very busy one for the charity. We have seen a marked increase in the number of people seeking help and support from us: people concerned about their own health, those who have received a diagnosis of dementia and care providers. 

In 2017 the Trustees and Staff agreed a new Mission Statement as follows: 

To raise awareness and improve understanding of dementia throughout Jersey and to support people affected by dementia. 

In response to the rise in demand for our services, the charity’s Trustees and Staff also agreed key Aims and Objectives, which will be reviewed on a regular basis: 

Aims  

  • Raising awareness of dementia throughout the Island 

  • Lobbying for increased support for people affected by dementia 

  • Lobbying for timely detection of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias 

  • Helping the person with dementia to live a full life by providing meaningful activities, education and support 

  • Supporting carers and families by providing practical help, guidance, information and support 

  • Educating the general public, businesses, organisations and young people about dementia 

  • Training of health care professionals, family carers and others directly involved in caring about dementia and person centred care 

Objectives 

  • To make Jersey a dementia friendly community 
  • To support people affected by dementia 

  • To help remove the stigma of dementia 

  • To assist in advancing research 

In 2017 many people made contact with us by visiting our Drop-in/Office in Hilgrove Street, St Helier and by clicking onto our website: www.jerseyalzheimers.com   

Michala Graham, the charity’s full-time Educator, has provided training about dementia for staff in the General Hospitalbusinesses, community groups and family carers. 

Sian Wareing-Jones, the charity’s Counsellor and Family Support Co-ordinator, has continued to support many people with dementia and carers alike. Sian visits individuals and families at home, in Care Homes or in our Drop-in/Office. 

In late April I had the privilege of accompanying Sarah Blake, Occupational Therapist, and Sally Minty-Gravett to Kyoto in Japan to attend the Alzheimer Disease International Conference. As Sarah had secured a poster exhibition in Kyoto, we had the opportunity to fly the flag for Jersey, and to promote our charity and the many agencies who together work on the ‘Splashchat’ weekly swimming activity for people with dementia and carers. 

We offered a programme of ‘dementia friendly’ community events, comprising visits to Hamptonne, St Clement’s Parish Hall for two Tea DancesTamba Park and a Carol Service in The Town Church in December 

On 21 October we were able to offer a special day for carers, named ‘Recharger Day’, kindly sponsored by Le Masurier Ltd. It was a great day and an opportunity to highlight the significant work which is carried out every day by carers who look after people with a diagnosis of dementia throughout Jersey. Several different companies and individuals worked very hard and many gave their time so that the carers present thoroughly enjoyed the day. 

Our sincere thanks are due to all of the many volunteers who have contributed at our regular activities during 2017 as well as many ad hoc awareness raising and fundraising events.  

The highlight of the entire year for me was a total of 50 people - both living with dementia and carers - taking part in the August Battle of Flowers Parade on Le Petit Train. The reaction of the thousands of spectators to Le Petit Train decorated in JAA colours, awe were the official Battle Charity, was very moving.  

There were numerous fundraising initiatives in 2017, including sponsored abseils, tandem skydives, St Ouen’s Manor Fete, Halkett Hoedown, fun runs and the Lions Swimarathon. Jersey Alzheimer’s Association was chosen as Charity of the Year by a number of corporate supporters including World Duty Free, Vantage, RBC and JT. 

Our running costs are £250,000 per annum. We only receive £14,500 per annum from the States under a single Service Level Agreement which we operate. So all that we do is thanks to the financial support of the public and the business community for which we are extremely grateful. 

Mark Blamey

Manager JAA 

 

Did you know?

Dementia knows no social, economic, ethnic or geographical boundaries and affects millions of people throughout the world. As dementia progresses individuals affected need care with all aspects of daily life. Families mostly provide this care.