Memory Tree is a community interest company based in Shipley near Bradford. It has been established to provide support and mental stimulation for people with dementia, and at the same time provide respite and support for carers to share their experiences. The organisation currently runs five fortnightly clubs in Shipley, Idle, Keighley, Kirkgate, and Burley-in-Wharfedale. It is working to support additional new clubs using the now established model – using trained volunteers and working to the same basis as existing clubs. People with dementia and their carers confirm that attending the clubs help make them feel less isolated, less lonely, and more supported.
The Foundation has awarded a two-year grant towards the salary costs of the chief executive of Memory Tree. The first instalment of £3,000 has been made in June 2018, with a further £2,000 to follow in a year’s time.