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.


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 

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

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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.

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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.

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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.
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Lee Pearse, The Valerie Foundation founder and Heeley City Farm dementia manager at the BBC studios before being interviewed live on air.
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Lee Pearse, The Valerie Foundation founder and Heeley City Farm Dementia Manager being interviewed for ITV News in June 2015.
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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