Honiton Dementia Action Alliance has been given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
News of the accolade was reported at Honiton Memory Cafe’s ninth annual general meeting.
A citation, which listed the group’s numerous achievements, including the running of the memory café, stated: “The Honiton Dementia Action Alliance is a volunteer group based in Honiton whose aim is to bring about a community-wide response to dementia through raising awareness about what it is like to live with dementia and to positively encourage inclusivity in all aspects of community life.
“At the same time, the group offers support to those living with dementia and their carers. The group has been immensely successful in doing this and the impact of their work, which would not happen but for them, continues to grow.”
It concluded with a note from the Devon Lieutenancy Office, saying: “The assessors were extremely impressed with the very positive and also compassionate attitude of Honiton Dementia Action Alliance, also with the commitment of the volunteers. So it is with great pleasure that I confirm that Honiton Dementia Action Alliance is awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.”
The annual meeting, staged on November 15, heard about the full scope of the Memory Cafe’s work, including its reliance on volunteers.
In her report, chairman Heather Penwarden talked about creating a Dementia Friendly Generation and paid tribute to Min Rennolds.
She said: “The face of Honiton Memory Café over the past 10 years has been and continues to be Min Rennolds. Min, we offer you special thanks for the many hours you give to us in your retirement and we know that it is all done with a compassionate, good and kind heart.”
Joan Pullin, on behalf of Everys Solicitors, gave a presentation to the meeting following the firm’s donation to Honiton Dementia Action Alliance.
Mrs Penwarden told EastDevonNews.co.uk: “We offer a range of volunteer lead social groups aimed at helping those in the earlier stages of dementia and their families to live better with dementia and to feel accepted and connected with their community. Most of all we facilitate the fellowship and mutual support of friends on a similar life pathway.
“If you know anyone who may benefit from our groups they can contact us through 07789104601. Transport can be arranged through contacting Trip 01404 46529.”