Justine Schneider is one of the directors of Imagine Artsdem Broxtowe CIC. She has volunteered since 2015 at the Beeston Memory Café where she co-ordinates monthly, interactive sessions led by local artists. An academic researcher with particular interest in the arts in dementia care, she works part-time at the University of Nottingham, where she is currently leading a study on community singing in dementia, funded by the Alzheimer’s Society.
Paul Goddard is one of the directors of Imagine Artsdem Broxtowe CIC. With a long career in social care, he has particular experience in older people’s services, and managed 60+ and Sign-posting services in Nottingham for Metropolitan Housing. He project managed the incorporation of the CIC on secondment from MTVH, where he has worked since 2003. Paul’s commitment to this project arises from the experience of his father’s dementia.
Elaine Beardsley-Turton took early retirement from her role in HR to better support her hus-band who has early onset dementia. Having retrained as an Art Psychotherapist, she has a keen interest in the therapeutic value of the arts and as a volunteer with the Alzheimer's Re-search Network she promotes the interests of people living with dementia by sharing her lived experience with researchers.
Primo Sule is a director of Imagine Artsdem CIC. He has over 30 years’ experience in service delivery and 10 years ago set up Home In-stead, a local company providing domiciliary care to 150 people. Primo carries out dementia training for many groups and works with local organisations and health sector professionals to enhance the lives of those living with dementia.
Catherine Gordon has worked in Nottinghamshire Mental Health Trust as an old age consult-ant for more than 20 years and has been the consultant for Broxtowe for 10 years. She in one of two consultants in the Young Onset Dementia service in Nottinghamshire. She is a member of the executive faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and wrote a national report on Young Onset dementia in 2018. Her father has also been living well with fronto-temporal dementia for the last 10 years.
Emma Wass is a freelance arts practitioner. She specialises in working with those living with dementia. Her workshops, in care and residential settings, and Beeston's Memory Cafe, utilise a range of artforms including visual art, storytelling, music-making, movement and poetry. Partici-pants are invited to try out new experiences, to express themselves and feel connected with the world and those around them. Her sessions lift mood, combat isolation and loneliness, and en-sure people feel listened to and valued.
Richard Eade took early retirement in 2011 having recognised early signs of dementia in his wife and quickly became her full time carer until she died in November 2018. Consequently he has experience in supporting the needs of someone with dementia, particularly in how to keep them motivated and engaged.
Joan Gavigan trained originally as an Occupational Therapist and worked in Social Care in Nottingham and Notts for almost 40 years. She set up and managed a number of award winning Day, Residential and Home Care Services for people living with dementia. She was one of the founders of Beeston Memory Café in 2014, and is now one of the Trustees. She helps to co-ordinate one of the sessions and volunteers at other sessions.