Are you a carer?

Please watch my short film, which includes families and carers reading from the letters they sent me.

If you would like to share your story or make a persoanl pledge to make a difference please email

Friday, 28 August 2015

5 Talks Elgin Council and Moray College #MakeaDifference #Highlands


With great thanks to Linda McMahon Training Facilitator Social Work Training Team
The Moray Council for the kind invite to give 4 talks to 320 staff who work at Moray Council on November 3rd and 11th

I have also been invited to speak to 140  Health & Social Care, Social Sciences students at 
Moray College UHI on November 10th with great thanks to  Toni McIlwraith Assistant Director
Health & Social Care, Social Sciences

Thank you Linda and Toni for the kind opportunity  to bring our 'Make A Difference ' to  The Council and College 


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Thursday, 27 August 2015

This is a campaign about people, its people who make a difference

This is a story about people, its people who make a difference

We are well into our Make a Difference Campaign and Tour, just passing the 295 talk mark with another 50 confirmed as of today and nearing 5,000 personal pledges to make a difference.

We are so very lucky to have met so many kind and caring people over the last year on this campaign, and I supposes that’s the heart of making a difference it’s all about people and relationships.

Over and above policies and strategies its people who change lives, It was people who when my mum was in hospital as they walked away from her bed I would think I am so glad we met you today, I feel less scared than I did before.  It was people as they walked out of our house, when caring, I would sit and  think I am so glad you were in our house today, I understand more than I did before.  People we had conversations with on the phone that would often help us through the rest of the day, on other occasions it was people who left us feeling lost ,scared and alone.

Dementia is everyone’s business it’s about people, it’s about the unique and remarkable life and love stories we all have, as do the people we meet and this tour and campaign is about.  I hope celebrating and empowering people, celebrating the amazing kindness care and compassion people give and show every day and empowering people that no matter what their role they have the opportunity to transform the lives and experiences of people living with dementia, their families and carers.

This is a story about people, this is a campaign about people so thank you for all you do and thank you for making a difference.


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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

The Joan Whitelaw Reminiscence Room Birmingham HeartlandsHospital- #ForMum


With great thanks to Dr Dawn Chaplin and all the wonderful team  Heartlands Hospital for the great honour and privilege in naming the  new reminiscence room in memory of my mum 

Thank  you from a son thank for the kindness and thank you for adding a wee smile to my heart 

My heart that misses my mum so  much 

Thank you for making my heart smile and for such a special day that I will never forget 



The Joan Whitelaw Reminiscence Rooms 

In Memory of Joan Whitelaw, an Inspirational Mother
And in recognition of her Inspirational Son and Carer, Tommy Whitelaw

Caring for Carers:

To ListenTo UnderstandTo Support
Promoting Compassionate Care for all in Hospital

With the wonderful kind Dr Dawn Chaplin 

With the wonderful kind Helen Mallard 

Attending the Alzheimer Europe Conference 2-4 September

With great  thanks to Ian Welsh  CEO and Irene Oldfather director  of Healthand Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) for supporting and funding me to attend the  

I have been on our Dementia Carer Voices ' Make a Difference' Tour for the last year which carries on right through to the end of the year   and I am truly grateful for the funding to allow me to attend 

Thank you Ian,Irene and the ALLIANCE for supporting me to attend 


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Nearing 5000 personal Pledges to make a difference - will you add your personal Pledge

A massive thank you to everyone who has personally Pledged   committed  to Make a Difference for people living with dementia and their Family and carers on my tour and our Project campaign
we are nearing 5000, personal pledges 

We are truly inspired by the pledges, the different ways so many people,groups,Organisations  are taking the pledges forward and embedding them into practice with great desire from all to make a difference.We are truly inspired by the people the pledges the commitment and the inspiring pledge trees appearing in hospitals ,care home ,universities and workplaces all across the country 

Pledges can be submitted via emailtwitter or on the blog site, and are also collected at every talk. We would very much appreciate it if you would promote this campaign; the talks and our films and encourage people to reflect on what they can do and how they can make a difference

 You can read every pledge received at the links below !  
along with case some studies Here ,

We also have a short film with the First Minster Nicola Sturgeon and CNO Fiona McQueen speaking about Make a difference across NHSAAA

Dementia Carer Voices has now gathered  nearly 5000 pledges as part of the “You Can Make a Difference” campaign. The campaign encourages people to listen to the experiences of people who have cared for a loved one with dementia and to think how they can make a positive difference in people’s lives. The team are delighted to have gotten such a strong response, and would like to take this opportunity to reflect on our journey up until now and how we have gotten to this point.



26/27.01.15 Warrington Borough Council 

January 2014 

We began the campaign by asking “What does caring mean to you?”
19.02.14 NHS Fife
(08 -10).04.14 NHS Dumfries & Galloway 
3/4.06.14 NHS Conference
27.06.14 BCDA Birmingham

NHSAAA The People The Pledges The tour - 13 talks July - August                                               
01.09.14  Teesside University

30.09.14 Thank you for your pledges!

13.10.14 More Pledges
03.11.14 Online pledges
07.11.14 Burton Hospital
13.11.14  Pledges of the week
24.11.14 The Retreat York
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