The Valerie Foundation (TVF) provide help, support and a hub for people whose lives have been effected by dementia. TVF has been set up and run by two brothers who are ex-carers after caring for their mother (Valerie) for over a decade. Using creativity to raise awareness, explore and investigate Frontotemporal Dementia, bringing together research, communities, carers and the arts together.
The founders of The Valerie Foundation, Lee and Andrew were asked to be on an episode of the new BBC 'Dementia and Me' podcast to talk about their life looking after their mum, the work they do with The Valerie Foundation and the work they do with Heeley City Farm as they run the Dementia department at the Farm. Listen to the episode here
EXPLORING DEMENTIA AND MENTAL ILLNESS THROUGH CREATIVE MEANS:
Set up in 2013 in honour of Valerie Pearse who had Frontotemporal Dementia at a young age. Andrew and Lee Pearse started TVF to support, collaborate and endeavour on high impact creative projects to encourage, motivate and include people in the dementia communities on the doorstep and wider.
In 2017 we reached and engaged with:
- 347 people with various dementias
- 341 family carers and relatives
- 94 people in Sheltered Housing
- 38 specific FTD Carers
- 13 young people working with people with dementia
- 53 professional carers and activity coordinators
- 13 Dementia conferences, seminars, and events to approx 300 people
- 14 Radio, TV and media appearances on mixed dementia-related topics
- 1250 + people through our All Our Brains Catalyst Festival
In 2018 we reached and engaged with:
- 172 people in Sheltered Housing
- 673 people with various dementias
- 432 family carers and relatives
- 33 specific FTD carers
- 17 children and young people working with people with dementia
- 82 Professional carers, care homes, and activity coordinators
- 6 + Radio, TV and media appearances on mixed dementia
- 70 + people through our All Our Brains Catalyst Festival
In 2019 so far (only June!) we reached and engaged with:
- 68 people in Sheltered Housing
- 179 people with various dementias
- 84 family carers and relatives
- 17 specific FTD carers
- 51 children and young people working with people with dementia
- 37 Professional carers, care homes, and activity coordinators
- 3 + Radio, TV and media appearances on mixed dementia
Farming Comes To You
Farming comes to you is an initiative set up to take the animals of Heeley City Farm into care setting to help isolated people interact with animals through animal assisted therapy
Frontotemporal Carers Group
The Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) Carers group is once a month and held at Heeley City Farm and has been set up as a place that people who care for people with FTD can come and chat and engage with people who also care for people with FTD.
All Our Brains: Art Exhibition
In 2016 we put on an art exhibiton as part of Sheffield Hallam University's Catalyst:Festival of Creativity, starting in May 2016 with a conference and ending in a six week art exhibition, in Nov/Dec 2016, consisting of art work from artists, non-artists, carers, ex-carers, students, lecturers, professionals and people with dementia.
Video of Lee Pearse (The Valerie Foundation director and Heeley City Farm Dementia Manager) with Rebecca Wood (Alzheimer's Research UK) being interviewed on BBC breakfast Television.