Born 1944 and raised near Brighton. David’s Dad was a solicitor’s clerk and mum did sewing work. David taught physics in secondary schools before becoming deputy head at a challenging Battersea Comprehensive, followed by 2 secondary Headships in Kent.
At 52 he retrained as a mental health counsellor, working with clients from the Ellenor hospice, addiction agencies, unemployment centres and GPs surgeries for 11years, work he found very fulfilling.
The onset of dementia prevented David continuing this role and he misses it. Nowadays he enjoys a local retirement group, gardening and cycling. He is married with 4 children and 7 grandchildren.
David Evans is a mentor for our Dartford Peer Support Group and leads the group by encouraging conversations and discussions during the sessions.
As an ex head teacher and a person who lives with dementia David is passionate about letting people know the everyday difficulties that someone with dementia experiences but that you can live well after diagnoses. He has spoken at Dementia Awareness events, addressed a training day for Kent NHS staff and given an inside view to the Clinical Commissioning Group. He has joined a Dementia Friends session with local schoolchildren and to help them understand the condition by answering the questions from the pupils. As a grandfather and ex head teacher this is very dear to his heart. He would very much like to continue letting young people know about dementia in whatever way he can.