Karen German

Karen has been in the caring profession with over 20 years of experience in both care homes and the community.  After caring for her father for 13 years Karen decided to join Alzheimer's and Dementia Support Services as a senior care worker, she then facilitated the DVH bridging service which supports people living with dementia to return to their own homes after being in hospital.  Karen is now our training coordinator with a level 3 in dementia, level 3 in education and training (QCF) and Train the Trainer in moving and positioning.

Karen says that she knew when she came to the charity that this is where she belongs and thrives on making a difference to peoples lives supporting people living with dementia to remain their own homes.  She has a daughter who is married and 2 grandchildren.  Her grandson Rhys has actually spent some time at our day support showing everyone his spitfire plane and bullets from WW2.

Mandy Haines

Mandy qualified as a mental health nurse in 1981, working with older people and those with dementia.

In 2012 Mandy joined the Cognitive Disorders Service at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) looking after those with young onset and rare dementias.  Mandy learnt  extensively from talking to patients and carers in this role, it has given her great insight into the challenges of living with many types of dementia. Mandy worked closely with the Membership Officer at University College London Hospital (UCLH), giving educational talks to those from hard to reach communities in London to raise awareness and understanding of dementia and improve access to the services.