Joy’s Community Dream

 

Everybody needs a dream, but not everyone waits until they are in their 50s to get one.

I live with young onset dementia, and I’ve had this dream since I was diagnosed in 2013.  I took my inspiration from a remarkable lady who, facing a similar situation to the one I found myself in, set up one of the first hospices in the country.  Like my good friend, I discovered there was a lack of services for young people living with dementia. So, just as my friend set about building and running a hospice, I want to establish a much needed community for people with dementia to live, socialise and enjoy life to the full.

People living with dementia and their carers deserve the best, so my dream is a big one.  My dream is that of a village set-up, incorporating accommodation, a social and information hub, respite facilities, landscaped areas which would include sensory areas, vegetable and flower growing plots, a petting area, a children’s play area, a café, possibly shops and other commercial ventures.  Maybe even a few chickens so the residents could collect their own eggs. 

If you want to help me fulfil my dream and be part of an exciting project please register your support by emailing dementiahavens@gmail.com  and we will contact you with more information.

    “I’m missing a digger. My family have kitted me out in preparation for building our Dementia Havens Village. So, hard hat, mug for my tea, a chunk of bread pudding and a notebook to record the progress. When I get the digger, I will let you know!”