Mrs Julia Jefferson
I joined the NSG in 2001 and was its Secretary from 2004 to 2014.
After graduating from London University in 1969 I spent some months studying fish species in the High Atlas Mountains for the Natural History Museum before becoming a Personal Assistant to a forensic consultant at St Thomas’s Hospital, London.
In 1973 I returned to Nottingham where, after my children started school, I started work as a part time ambulance woman. Later I transferred to social care work with Nottinghamshire Social Services and worked mainly with people with dementia and their carers. For three years I worked with the Carers Federation prior to joining the Nottingham Alzheimer’s Society in 2000 to develop and manage its Dementia Advice and Support Service.
I have always been passionate about my work in the field of dementia especially supporting families who have the onerous task of caring for someone with this very disabling and disturbing condition. Since I retired from full time work in 2010 I have run the Information Programme for carers of people with dementia – a comprehensive, 14 hour ’training’ for family members and friends. This service, originally supported by the NHS, is now funded by charitable donations and run from Radford Care Group in Nottingham. I also give talks about dementia to the general public.
In private life I have cared for my elderly mum for many years and also enjoy my role as a grandma. I am busy supporting my local church and I love gardening, dressmaking, history, natural history and anything arty! I’ve started bee keeping and love it but have produced remarkably little honey! The bees are great fun though.