Who are we?
Honiton Dementia Action Alliance is a well established Community Group dedicated to improving the lives of families living with Dementia in our beautiful yet very rural part of Devon.
Starting with setting up Honiton Memory Cafe 8 years ago, we currently support over 60 people living with dementia in our rural community. We know we could reach more people from the more remote areas of our locality if we could help them to access our supportive groups.
What do we do?
Every week we offer a range of popular social activities aimed at providing fun, friendship and support for anyone who is touched by dementia.
We run a well established Memory Cafe along with an exrememly popular dementia friendly ambling group, nostalgic cinema, pub lunch club, theatre group, indoor bowling group and much more.
We can meet up to two times a week for one our regular groups and in the summer we arrange days out when all the groups come together which can involve 3 minibuses and cars.
All these activities are volunteer led and we are 100% reliant on our own fundraising efforts to support and develope everything we do.
We aim to be inclusive of anyone who would gain benefit from our dementia friendly activities and helping people to access all of this is quite a challenge in a rural community. If someone has had to give up driving, the public transport systems from village to village are sparse and getting about can become a huge problem this compounding the sense of social isolation.
We welcome all family members and friends to join in with our activities as we know that coming together in fun and friendship along with the support of people who understand what it is like to live with dementia is what people most value from our groups.
Why we need you support
We rely on hiring mini buses and cars each week to bring people together from the villages and hamlets around Honiton.
The vehicles need to be appropriate for getting around the country lanes along with having disabled access and suitably qualified drivers. To run our own buses and drivers would be a huge expense and organising this would take our volunteers time away from the direct work we are set up to do
The most cost effective way of meeting our transport needs is to book in advance through TRIP our Community Transport Service.
At about £100 per day for the minibus hire, £5200 would enable us to have use of 1 bus seating 15 once a week for a year and for £10,400 we could have use of 2 minibuses allowing us to reach 30 people.
From personal experience
Martin who was diagnosed a few years ago with early onset Alzheimers Disease is a regular attender of all our groups. Keeping fit is important to Martin so he loves to come on our regular ambles and is a keen supporter of our short mat bowling group. Martin and his wife Christine love the old films shown at our Nostalgic Cinema and sometimes bring their children and grandchildren for an afternoon of shared family fun.
The mutual support both receive from coming along to our Memory Cafe meetings has been invaluable to them through their time of adjusting to living life with dementia. Over time, they have both made some good friends with other members so the mutual support they receive and give to others going through similar challenges now transcends the four walls of the cafe.
Having to give up driving can be a huge loss to independence, life style and self esteem. Our aim is to welcome anyone who may gain benefit from them into our groups and we firmly believed that no one should be excluded because of where they live or due to lack of available and appropriate transport.