Rebecca Matthews  

Support Worker (Bramley Lawn)

 I first got involved with BEA in 2013 as a volunteer, running the Singing for the Brain group, in 2013, and started my job as support worker at Bramley Lawn in April 2018. My role is to support people living with dementia by providing a supportive and safeRebecca Matthews environment where people can interact socially, get involved in enjoyable and stimulating activities and have fun!

What I particularly like about the job is that it involves supporting people in a group and individually, and is very rewarding because it helps people to feel less isolated, and sees them as people first rather than the dementia.

I am “a Southerner” by birth, but hope I’ve become an honorary “Yorkshire Lass” as I’ve been here for over 30 years, first in Bradford  and for the last 18 years in Leeds.  I live in Chapel Allerton with my partner and 4 cats. I’m an Aunty to nine nieces and nephews ranging in age from 3 to 25!

My previous work was in the public sector (NHS and Civil Service) for over 25 years, working on public health and social policy. I have been a volunteer at  Dementia Friendly Leeds and Moor Allerton Elderly Care, where I also work part time as a project worker supporting people with dementia.

When I’m not at work I really enjoy playing and watching tennis, gardening, singing in Gay Abandon (Leeds’ LGBT* choir) and doing watercolour painting (very badly!)