About Essex Dementia Care

Essex Dementia Care was founded in 2006 by occupational therapist, Dr Tessa Perrin, in response to the lack of support for families living with dementia in Essex.

Maintaining a positive engagement with all the valued activities of daily life is critical for good health, this belief forms the core of everything we do at EDC.

The ultimate aim of EDC is to contribute to the health and wellbeing of people living with dementia to continue to live active and fulfilling lives. We work closely with families throughout Essex to ensure that their family members are enabled to live at home for as long as possible. We provide care for people living with dementia whilst also providing respite, emotional support and education for their main care-givers.

We are constantly evaluating and developing our services to meet the needs of the families we help. EDC provides support through both one-to-one care and our communal activity centres in Braintree and Chelmsford, providing care and support for those with dementia and their carers.

Our Team

At the head of the team is Senior Manager, Kelly, who has a Diploma in Dementia Care amongst other qualifications and years of hands on experience.

Care Manager, Sharon also has years of experience in providing activities for people with dementia.

Our Practitioners are both skilled and caring as they respond to an individual’s wishes , treating them with dignity and helping them to enjoy their time together. They are supported by a training programme of refresher sessions and other related training days.

Kelly Bleasdale

Senior Manager

Kelly has 17 years experience  working with older people and people with dementia. Kelly has worked for Essex Dementia Care for the past 9 years . Kelly holds a level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health &  Social Care,  level 3 Diploma in Dementia, NVQ 2 & 3 in Health & Social Care and Level 2 NAPA Supporting Activity Provision in Social Care. Kelly is the current registered Manager for Essex Dementia Care. 

Sharon Jones

Care Manager

Sharon has worked for 18 years with older people and people with dementia, and has a particular expertise in delivering therapeutic activities in the care setting. Sharon has worked for Essex Dementia Care for 9 years. Sharon holds her level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health & Social Care.  NVQ level 2 in Health & Social Care, NVQ level 2 Dementia Care and also the level 2 NAPA Supporting Activity Provision in Social Care. Sharon is responsible for referral assessments, client and family support as well as service reviews. 

Chris Jullings


I have been a Trustee with Essex Dementia Care ( EDC) since 2015. Before retiring , I worked in the private sector as Director, Human Resources. I am professionally qualified and am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. I have over 7 years experience of being a charity Trustee , I also provide business development advice to charities through my association with the Cranfield Trust. Like many people, my first encounter with dementia was when a family member developed the condition and I experienced first hand the heartbreak of a loved one slowly being changed by the disease. Perhaps the greatest gift we can bring in these circumstances is a stimulus that helps our loved one feel reassured and present again. We can shine light into their darkness. EDC shines light every day through its activity centres and through its more tailored one to one activity. I am very proud that we are able to bring happiness and hope to those suffering from dementia and that we are able to support the many loved ones who care for them. I feel privileged to be a part of the Trustee Board that guides and supports the wonderful work that the EDC staff and volunteers do to enrich the lives of those suffering with dementia.

April Lawlor


April has worked in the field of adult social care for nearly forty years and has extensive experience of residential care, day and community support services. April is a qualified social worker and previously worked for Essex County Council as a commissioner with a lead for dementia services. April has been a Trustee with Essex Dementia Care since its inception in 2006.

Mike Clements


I retired in 2012 having worked in the Group Finance department of a FTSE 250 company for nearly 40 years. I am a qualified accountant and have held roles as Planning Accountant, Tax Accountant, Financial Control Manager and Group Pensions accountant. I was first appointed as a Trustee in 2003 of a Pension Fund and a Healthcare Plan, with added responsibility for preparing the accounts. Before retiring I was also asked to became an initial Trustee and help with the set up of an Educational Trust charity. Although I have no social care experience to bring to the table, I do have over 15 years in-depth experience of Trustee boards management and  Finance. I have been a Trustee of Essex Dementia care since 2015, and thoroughly enjoy working with my fellow trustees and the totally dedicated staff to ensure that support is given to dementia sufferers and carers. In my spare time I go fishing, watching football and drinking real ale as well as looking after my 2 grandchildren.

Sylvia Gaspar


I have been a Trustee for 10 years. I joined the Charity with two intertwining passions; the conviction that people with dementia can and should be encouraged to have a meaningful life within the limitations of their condition  and that having days with things to do, people to meet, experiences to be had was the way to achieve this. My working experiences began as a Care Assistant in Day and Residential Care, then followed a time firstly as Information officer and Trainer for the National Providers of Activities (NAPA) and then Outreach Worker for The Alzheimers Society. I gained a Professional Diploma in Dementia Care in 2001 and had some years as a freelance Dementia Consultant and Trainer before retiring in 2011. As Trustee I am pleased to bring my experiences and knowledge in quality dementia care into the Board discussions.  Every family will tell their own tale depending on their individual situations and the people who make it up. An overall understanding which can be adapted to the individual is key to providing the much needed service well. EDC is proud to offer individually tailored care sessions supported by this overarching understanding of the issues for both the client and their families.

Beverley Jones


In the 70’s I was fortunate enough to gain a place on a 2 year Management Training programme with a well-known High Street Retail Organisation. The programme covered all aspects of Business and at the end of this programme I chose to specialise in HR.   This training provided me with the grounding and ability to transfer those skills into other Industries.  From the mid 80’s I joined a National Estate Agency Group and this in turn exposed me to the Developer/Construction Market, in which I spent nearly 22 years.    In the late 90’s my Husband was offered an opportunity to work in Luxembourg, and rather reluctantly I left a successful career and moved to Luxembourg.   Our time in Luxembourg opened up new opportunities and skills for us all.  I spent a short time as a Corporate wife, but having met some very gifted ladies (who had done likewise with their Partners) I threw myself into fundraising with the Luxembourg British ladies Club.  Funds raised benefitted refugees from Bosnia and Kosovo.   When my Husbands job moved us back to the UK in 2000 I took a long hard look at what I wanted to focus on and joined the local NHS Trust as Recruitment Manager.  In 2006 I had the desire to integrate more with the Patient and therefore moved into GP Practice on the fringe of Hertfordshire.  Since 2015 I have been  Practice Manager at a Practice in Mid Essex.  The role is multi-faceted and enables me to pull previous Business and HR experience into the role of delivering safe and effective Patient care to our Patients.

Sue Dawes

Finance/office Administrator & Service Co-Odinator

Sue joined our office team in April 2018, previously working in domiciliary care planning.  Sue has strong experience in office administration and business accountancy, along with knowledge of the health care system allowing her to offer support to the team with the day to day running of the office.

Anita South


A wealth of experience gained by working in a variety of organisations is proven by her business acumen and administrative skills which are an asset in providing support to the running of the charity.

Mark Hinson

Activity Centre Leader

Mark started working for Essex Dementia Care in 2012. Mark also works as a Dementia Care Support Worker on a one2one basis as well as working with Essex Dementia Care . Mark has completed NCFE Level 2 in The Principles of Dementia Care and Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care. Mark leads one of our Activity Centres and comes with a range of skills and has recently learnt to play the guitar. Mark is very client focused and always aims to achieve the best possible outcome for the clients he supports. 

Nancy Richardson

Activity Centre Leader

Nancy has worked for Essex Dementia Care since May 2013. She is one of our Activity Leaders at our Every Day Counts groups. She is a professional artist and also works delivering therapeutic activity for people in a residential setting. Nancy is a singer and musician which adds to the uplifting atmosphere at our groups. Nancy has an NVQ Level 2 in Health & Social Care,  an NCFE level 2 in Dementia Awareness and a Level 2 NAPA Supporting Activity Provision in Social Care. Nancy is passionate within her role and brings lots of fun and energy to the centres.

Eve Payne

Activity Centre Leader

Eve has worked at Essex Dementia Care since October 2014. She is currently an Activity Centre Leader and also works one2one with clients in the community . Eve has previously  worked as an Activity coordinator in a Care home. Eve holds an NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care and an NCFE Level 2 in The Principles of Dementia. Eve brings a sense of fun wherever she goes and is a keen fundraiser. She has run and assisted The Southend Pier sponsored walk and the Braintree carnival. Eve fully understands the need to provide activities and has seen the positive results to overall well being. 

Vicki Barnes

Activity Centre Leader

Vicki  joined Essex Dementia Care  in July 2015 and previously was working as  an activity coordinator in a care home. She has completed  a level 3 health & Social Care diploma and works in our activity centres and One2one in the community.Vicki  shows empathy for those who are living with dementia and enjoys giving guidance and encouraging them to achieve  their goals, whilst having fun and living their life to the maximum.