Elizabeth Anderson (Founder)
Dr Elizabeth Anderson is a research psychologist by training, who specialised in dementia in the 1990’s and worked at the University of Bradford and as a professional Dementia Care Trainer until 2011.
Elizabeth left the University she felt there was not enough happening at ground level in communities. Following exploratory work in 2011 Elizabeth voluntarily initiated the first Memory Club in March 2012 at St Peter’s Church in Moorhead, Shipley. The Memory Tree CIC was set up in October 2012 and further groups were established in January 2013 at the Kirkgate Centre, Shipley, in August 2013 at Keighley Shared Church, and in September 2013 at Idle Baptist Church, Idle.
Elizabeth coordinates all the memory clubs, and is the lead support for the carers group. She works with Dementia Action Alliance across Bradford and Keighley, to promote Dementia Awareness and provide information and advice. She also supports the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales to support churches become more aware of dementia needs and support in local communities.
Bob joined The Memory Tree as a volunteer to help assist the memory activity groups. He know is the lead support for the activity groups and helps as a volunteer driver for the Volunteer Centre Bradford.
Andrea joined The Memory Tree as a volunteer to help assist the memory activity groups or the carers support group as required. She also helps to fundraise to support the work of the Memory Tree and updates the website.
At Idle Memory Club
Kathryn, Nichola, Chris, Sarah, Ann, and Jean all help at Idle, setting up and preparing for each session, serving refreshments and lunch, and assisting in the memory activity group and Chris supports the carers group. Lesley, Maggie, and Margaret all help to make the fantastic lunches for those that stay on.
At Kirkgate Memory Club
Sarah, Nichola, Kathryn and Jackie help at Kirkgate, setting up and preparing for each session and serving refreshments and assist in the memory activity group. Gina and Bryn are volunteers at Kirkgate Memory Club on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Gina leads the singing and music for the memory activity group in this session.
At Keighley Memory Club
Cathy, Eileen, Patricia, Sandra and Tony are volunteers at Keighley Memory Club, helping to set up and prepare for each session, serve refreshments, and assist in the memory activity group. Sandra, Tony and Andrew also supports the carers group.
At Bradford South Memory Club
Bob and Kathryn runs the memory activity session at Memory Club in Low Moor. Ann, Christine and Margaret are all volunteers helping to set up and prepare for each session, serve refreshments, and assist in the memory activity group.