Who We Are
Dementia Friendly Baildon (originally Baildon Dementia Action group) was started in 2015 by a group of volunteers, with the following aims and objectives.
Aim - To make Baildon a Dementia Friendly Town.
Objectives- To raise awareness and understanding of dementia locally
To run dementia-friendly training sessions for local groups and organisations
To support local people who are living with dementia, and their carers by signposting to other relevant organisations
To work with Baildon Town Council and HALE to improve the lives of those living with dementia
Meet our members
I was brought up in Baildon and have lived here for most of my life.
I feel very fortunate to live here and believe that there is no nicer place to live.
As a recently retired nurse I wanted to maintain a caring role and do something positive for the fabulous community in which we live.
I have been a member of Dementia Friendly Baildon since 2017 and am keen to be involved in making a positive difference to the lives of those living with dementia and their families.
My father died age 82, in the early 1980’s, having moved into a care home.
At that time ‘dementia’ and ‘Alzheimer’s’ were mentioned only in hushed tones.
When I retired from secondary school teaching I joined Bradford Diocesan Disability Group and began to learn more about dementia.
This led to becoming a champion and forming an action group in Baildon, to raise awareness amongst local residents, shops and businesses, and particularly to highlight that you can ‘live well with dementia’.
I became involved with Baildon Dementia Friends through a colleague from HALE. I moved to Baildon 12 years ago and started volunteering at the Baildon Wellbeing café, where carers and people with dementia enjoyed the afternoon.
A few years down the line I now work for HALE and coordinate some groups again which include carers and people living with dementia.
My background has been mainly hospital based Mental Health Nursing caring for people with dementia. I have since changed career and now do more person centred care some of which takes me into people’s homes. I realise that we all love our own homes and want to stay in them for as long as we can. I feel that making Baildon Dementia friendly means we could all play a part (big or small) in allowing people to stay at home longer. This could mean volunteering or just gaining a better understanding of dementia by attending a Dementia Friends session.
I also run a very lively monthly Well-being cafe in Baildon, for older people and people with memory problems and their carers.
I joined Dementia Friendly Baildon because I have an interest in health related issues, particularly in older people.
I have a very large overgrown allotment and I enjoy walking and going to the cinema.
My name is Carol Sawowyj and I work part-time as a Community Connector for HALE, a local health charity. My work entails linking people into community activities in order to reduce social isolation and loneliness.