Cleveland Alzheimers Residential Centre came about as the result of the determination and initiative of local carers of people with dementia. They conducted a survey, which confirmed their vision of a special facility to care for people with dementia so that:
- Services were easily accessible and centralised
- There would be a wider range of services in one location, to cut down confusion for the person with dementia and their carer
- To enable relationships to be built up with staff
- A body of knowledge could be gathered helping to understand the behavioural characteristics of dementia
- There would be a safe environment where the person with dementia could move about independently
- There would be no stigma attached to the disease
Thanks to a massive fundraising initiative of £1.5 million, Kirkdale Care Home was opened by Diana, Princess of Wales, on the 23rd September, 1992, this became the first facility of its kind in the UK.
As demand quickly outstripped Kirkdale's capacity, Allison House was opened in 1995 and an Outreach Day Centre at Guisborough Hospital was opened to compliment the Day Centre that was part of the residential centre. In more recent years the Guisborough Day Centre relocated to a purpose built facility in Uppergarth Gardens, Guisborough.
Meet The Team
Gayle TweedChief Executive
Gayle Tweed, the Chief Executive of the charity has been with the organisation in a senior management role since April 1996...
Carole HardyActing Care Home Manager Kirkdale
Angela BlytheCare Home Manager Allison House
Angela joined the organisation in 1995 as an enrolled nurse and through personal and professional development is now Care Home Manager at Allison House...
Angela SewellDay Centre Organiser
I started work in Health & Social Care in 1980 by looking after a young woman with severe Cerebral Palsy on weekends...
Sarah CrossActivities Co-ordinator
Sarah has worked in the area of Health and Social Care since 2001, working with people living with dementia and people with learning difficulties....
Lorraine JoyTraining Administrator
Lorraine has worked for Cleveland Alzheimer’s since 2011 as the Training & Development Administrator...
Meet The Trustees
The organisation currently has six Trustees. These trustees come from a variety of backgrounds, bringing with them a wealth of knowledge and experience across a vast range of areas.
Alan Kitching has worked continuously in the investment business since 1960, during which time...
Jeff is a retired director of Nursing and Midwifery at South Cleveland Hospital...
Jon qualified as a doctor in 1985, and subsequently gained general medical...