Neil Mapes of Dementia Adventure has agreed to speak at the ISBA conference in September.
Neil Mapes is co-founder and Managing Director of Dementia Adventure CIC. He is a Clore Social Fellow, RSA Fellow and was selected by an expert panel of judges at NESTA and the Observer newspaper as one of “Britain’s New Radicals” – 50 people and organisations changing Britain for the better. Neil has a background in clinical psychology, dementia advocacy and adventure travel. Motivated by experiences in his own family he has worked for over 20 years to enable people living with dementia to have more choice and control in how they live their lives, bringing joy and positivity into re-framing how we currently understand dementia.
Dementia Adventure is a multi-award winning social enterprise and a charity with a relatively simple mission: to enable people living with dementia to get outdoors, connect with nature, themselves and their community, and retain a sense of adventure in their lives. Dementia Adventure is based in Essex but works nationally with an international following in over 115 countries. They provide training, research, and consultancy services – all with nature in mind. Income from these activities, donations and grant funding means they can provide award winning Dementia Adventures from park walks to sailing holidays.