Tommy Dunne is co-chair of the highly successful and effective Liverpool SURF Group, which is run by and for people living with dementia and their carers. SURF Liverpool has had a huge impact on the lives of those involved, not only providing much needed support and advice but also having input to a range of statutory and third sector organisations which have an impact on those affected by dementia, and thereby influencing services and developments.
In addition to his pivotal role in Liverpool SURF, Tommy is hugely active and influential on the board of the Dementia Action Alliance and as a member of the DAA national and local transport groups. Tommy has given presentations to conferences in Holland, Belgium and Hungary and at various events across the UK. Tommy can be seen on YouTube in a film made by the Department for Health, "Meet Tommy Dunne".
Joan Brown, co-chair of Brecon Area Dementia Friendly Community has had the privilege of attending a SURF meeting and of getting to know Tommy and his lovely wife Joyce, who is shortlisted for Merseyside Women of the Year 2016, and describes them both as inspirational. Joan will be attending the next SURF meeting on 3rd June and Brecon Area DFC is hoping to establish a SURF group locally in the coming months based on the Liverpool model.
Click here to read a moving and inspirational speech delivered by Tommy at a recent conference in Hungary and you can follow Tommy on Twitter using @TommyTommytee18
Pictured below are Tommy Dunne and Joan Brown