The Valerie Foundation


The Valerie Foundation 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.

Our Projects
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.


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.


This is a timeline of the 13 years that Valerie (mother of Lee and Andrew from The Valerie Foundation and Heeley City Farm) had Frontotemporal Dementia. This piece was written by Lee and Andrew as a therapeutic exercise but ended up being a main feature in the All Our Brains exhibition.

Some things we have done so far...

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.


Lee Pearse, The Valerie Foundation founder and Heeley City Farm Dementia Manager doing his second interview on BBC Breakfast.


Lee Pearse, The Valerie Foundation founder and Heeley City Farm dementia manager at the BBC studios before being interviewed live on air.


Lee Pearse, The Valerie Foundation founder and Heeley City Farm Dementia Manager being interviewed for ITV News in June 2015.


The Valerie Foundation and Heeley City Farm during International Older Persons Day Celebrations in Sheffield City Centre. Our stall funded by Postcode Community Trust

Lee and Andrew at the Sheffield Dementia Action Alliance stage, set up, organised and curated by Lee, as part of the Tramlines Festival, Sheffield, 2015. This stage was made possible by Postcode Community Trust

The Heeley City Farm crew at International Older Persons Day in Sheffield, From left to right Lee Pearse, Liz Bowman, Sarah Wild and Andrew Pearse

Lee and Andrew speaking at the Cultural Dementia City Event in Sheffield, 2015. Our event and contribution was made possible by Postcode Community Trust

A still from a promotional funding bid film, shot by Lee Pearse drawing by Andrew Pearse

Find out about the organizations involved, why they do what they do and the different ways they go about it

Heeley City Farm's dementia department have already launched some projects