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The Lord Mayor of Exeter

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4. The 2022/23 Lord Mayor's Charity

To find out how to support the Lord Mayor's Charity, please contact The Lord Mayor's Office. Tel: 01392 265524. E-mail

Exeter Dementia Action Alliance

Exeter Dementia Action Alliance(EDAA) is a charitable foundation running a range of activities raising awareness of dementia and - alongside many partners and allies - working towards a dementia-friendly city.

We believe that Exeter should be a city in which every organisation respects and values people affected by dementia and makes practical changes to enable people with dementia to live independently and empowered to participate in the community.

The Exeter Dementia Alliance has been raising awareness of dementia across the city since 2015 and during this time has received local, regional, and national recognition for innovative approaches to the challenges placed by dementia on families and communities.

The Alliance has delivered over 160 Dementia awareness sessions reaching over 2500 individuals to organisations and community groups across the city. These sessions have inspired practical change such as dementia accessible signage, dementia friendly cinema screenings, a GP Dementia friendly pocket resource guide distributed across Devon, links with schools and care homes. Cartoonist Tony Husband has been a great supporter of our work and together we have created two fully illustrated calendars generating wide appeal as an exceptional educational resource.

Gina Awad who founded and leads the Alliance is proud to share her new book ‘United - Caring for Our Loved Ones Living with Dementia’, illustrated by Tony Husband. It is a short read with a big heart following seven families sharing their personal stories of living with dementia.

“A beautiful and vividly moving book that brings home the challenges faced those with dementia and their carers” - Sir Tony Robinson

In addition to good bookshops ‘United’ will be available at the Lord Mayor’s coffee morning throughout the year with 10% of proceeds going to the Alliance.

Exeter COSY routes is our latest project, a well-being initiative accessible to all that circles the city at a marathon distance. The opportunity to absorb the scenery of our fantastic city whilst supporting our physical and mental health. It can be walked as part of a team building exercise, family or group of friends or on your own. At a distance of 26.2 miles encompassing 8 smaller routes a number of keen runners have enjoyed running it. Featured on Songs of Praise during Dementia Action Week in May in 2021 we are very proud of what we’ve created and intend to develop.  

Gina Awad said “on behalf of our small team being selected as the Lord Mayor’s charity of the year is the greatest honour. We are very grateful to be able to share our mission for the city, raise our profile and continue shining a light on dementia.

For more information please visit the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance website.


Exeter Dementia Action Alliance is administered by the Charities Trust No 327489