2018 - A Year in Summary
2018 was another busy year for JAA, a year of change and growth in equal amounts. It is thought that Jersey has over 1200 people affected by dementia in some way, not all of these are diagnosed let alone known to JAA, but our services and support continues to be well used and at times we have struggled to cope with the volume of people wanting to attend our activities.
For a relatively small charity that is a good problem to have if we can say that people know about us and we are able to help, but equally it is a challenge as we look ahead at where we need to be and what we need to be offering the community. That has certainly been the mainstay of our conversations in the last 6 months as we look to the future and where JAA can make the most difference.
When I joined the charity in May I was lucky enough to inherit a fantastically committed team of staff and volunteers and a charity ready for our next challenge. During the year we have welcomed Wendy to our education and training team, Anita has joined us on reception and Bev’s role has changed to see her look after our activities and volunteers.
The Saturday Club offers support to approx. 20 people each week and has also seen some changes with its long serving mainstay Pat Hampson stepping away and the experienced Diane Saralis joining us. 2019 will see the Saturday Club need to be registered under the new Regulation of Care Law for the first time and we are grateful to have Diane’s experience on board to guide us through.
In September we stopped our 24 helpline as numbers had twindled to a trickle but for the first time opened the drop in for 5 days a week. We have enjoyed a number of well attended community events including a Liberation Tea Dance and our first trip to the cinema where we welcomed 75 people to a private screening of the Greatest Showman.
Carers enjoyed another fabulous day of pampering at the Radisson funded again by Le Masurier and on World Alzheimer’s Day we enjoyed an afternoon tea and entertainment at The Royal Hotel supported by our friends at Morvan Hotels.
None of our work would be possible without the ongoing support of local people and companies who support us. Whether this be via year long support as a nominated charity or from the proceeds of treks, skydives, abseils, knitted bunnies or bag packs Jersey Alzheimers Association would not exist without the community’s support.
Thank you to everyone who works with and supports JAA and we look forward to another busy and fruitful year ahead.
Chief Executive Officer
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