The Guernsey Alzheimer’s Association was formed in the summer of 2009 and in March 2010 ceased its connection with the Alzheimer’s Society of the UK. It is now able to work solely for the benefit of the people of the Bailiwick free of any constraints imposed from outside the Island.
The Association received its seal of approval with the agreement of Lady Malbon, the wife of the then Lieutenant Governor, to become our patron. Now that Air Marshall Peter Walker has been appointed to be our Lieutenant Governor his wife Mrs Lynda Walker has graciously agreed to become our patron.
In the summer of 2010 the Guernsey Alzheimer’s Association was greatly honoured by the gift from Her Majesty of ”The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service” Later in the year four volunteers were delighted to receive an invitation to a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.
The Association now looks forward to many years of fruitful work. Its aim is to help in any way it can those who care for people with dementia but not forgetting those carers whose heavy responsibilities, for one reason or another, have now ceased.
The needs of carers are not always recognized but almost all of our volunteers have personal experience of caring for family and so can fully empathise with those who visit us. They can offer, not just information, but an hour or two of companionship and support.
Our founder Lady Cater together with our Patron Mrs Lynda Walker and the Chairman Jurat Michael Tanguy and all our volunteers invite carers and those seeking help or advice to our excellent Centre at Delancey where a warm welcome will always await.