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About Tonbridge DFC

Tonbridge Dementia Friendly Community (Tonbridge DFC) is a community group made up of local residents, business representatives and volunteers who focus on work in the Tonbridge area to improve the lives locally for residents living with dementia.

With support from Alzheimer’s Society, local businesses and other community groups, we aim to make Tonbridge a great place for everyone to live by ensuring that the people who live and work here are more aware of dementia. We want everyone to know how they can help make the town a safe, inclusive and friendly place to live through delivering Dementia Friends sessions and holding community events to share information.

Dementia friendly communities across the country are working towards the same aims as Tonbridge. Everyone, from governments and health boards to the local corner shop and hairdresser, share part of the responsibility for ensuring that people with dementia feel understood, valued and able to contribute to their community.

Meet The Team

Meet the team who run Tonbridge Dementia Friendly Community.
Chris Parker

Chris Parker

Chair

Chris Parker is the founder and chair of Tonbridge DFC. She is a Director of local business Abbey Funerals, and also runs a local bereavement charity, Friends Together. She is a Dementia Friends Champion and has made almost 400 Dementia Friends to date. Chris chairs our meetings, sets the agenda and represents our group at local events.
David Barrett

David Barrett

Treasurer

David Barrett is the treasurer of Tonbridge DFC. He runs local business, All About Home Care, which focuses on keeping people in their homes for as long as possible. David ensures the group’s finances are in order, maintains the bank account and enters the group into funding bids.
Symone Salwan

Symone Salwan

Co-chair

Symone Salwan is the co-chair of Tonbridge DFC. She runs local business, Home Instead, which focuses on training carers who care for people in their homes. She also co-chairs the West Kent Dementia Action Alliance. Symone runs Tonbridge DFC’s Business Engagement Group, which aims to create more dementia friendly businesses in the town.

Our Volunteers

We are a community group run by volunteers, and are very grateful to everyone who helps run events, deliver Dementia Friends sessions and more. Some of our volunteers include:

Carl Lewis – Local resident

Terry Hill – Castle Cars

Kate Sergeant – Alzheimer’s Society

Tamsin Ritchie – Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council

Yasmin Hosken – Trench Ward Community Projects

Gail Hall – Warner’s Solicitors

Sara Grist – Local resident

Julie Rhodes – Hildenborough Farmers Market

Our Supporters

Castle Cars

Castle Cars

Castle Cars is a local taxi firm who support our community everyday
Their drivers have often helped vulnerable people in our area from being taken advantage of

Castle Cars

Tonbridge Old Fire Station

Tonbridge Old Fire Station is a local, modern venue for restaurant pop-ups, events and more.
They have hosted dementia friends sessions, as well as exhibitions and events for awareness raising.

Warners

Warners Solicitors

Warners offer a range of services to support elderly and vulnerable clients
They sponsor events and host meetings for Tonbridge DFC among many other things