The NACC benefits from the expertise, knowledge and support of its patron, the esteemed and influential politician, campaigner and advocate of the interests of older people, Baroness Sally Greengross, and its ambassadors Chris and Jayne Roberts, who know first hand the challenges of living with dementia. They play a vital role in raising awareness of the NACC’s work within the catering and care sectors, and beyond.
Chris and Jayne are committed to educating others about dementias, drawing on their particular experiences. Jayne’s mother has a diagnosis of dementia and, in early 50s Chris also has a diagnosis of mixed dementia, vascular damage and Alzheimer’s. At the NACC Training and Development Forum they spoke candidly about the fact that care homes and care provision are not appropriate for Chris’s age group.
"We are pleased to be ambassadors for the National Association of Care Catering. Nutrition is so important for everyone, especially for people living with dementia. The colours, taste, texture and ease to swallow improve their quality of life and health. It’s fantastic that this association works very hard to achieve and continue to improve on the provision of the right food for the very people that need it. We, on behalf of those that can’t always speak out, thank them for helping to improve our lives."
Chris and Jayne are: Dementia Friends champions: ambassadors for the Alzheimer’s Society; champions for Join Dementia Research; and members of the Dementia Policy Think Tank for DEEP. They also contribute to many working and advisory groups for dementia related networks, including the Prime Minister’s Task and Finish Group for the 2020 dementia challenge, and are members of the European Working Group for People with Dementia.