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

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Monday Speaking South Parks House Care Home , Glenrothes Fife


with great thanks to Karen Connelly, Senior Social Care Worker in South Parks House,care home for the kind invite to speak to staff on Monday 

A few weeks back I had the great privilege to speak at  Raith Gates Home Kirkaldy and a few of the team from Parks House attended and they have now kindly invited me to speak to staff from across Glenrothes

I am looking forward to attending ,learning ,meeting everyone and speaking 


Thanks for reading my blog, You can now view my 8 short flims here!
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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Friday Speaking Nairn Community and ARTS center

With great thanks to Jonathan Clark ,Carolton Care ,and the the Club House hotel for the kind invite to speak 
Nairn Community and ARTS center May 29th   

I was  A guest speaker a few weeks  back for Heather Edwards at a Care Inspectorate event that Jonathan attended and hew has since been in touch to organise this open event ,thank you also to Wendy Burghes who is helping promote this talk across the area 

this is a free event to attend ,so a big thank you to all for organizing and I hope you might pop along and say hello  if you live near in or around Nairn 


Thanks for reading my blog, You can now view my 8 short flims here!
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Monday, 25 May 2015

Live webcast for Scottish Ambulance Service June 5th DAW2015


With great thanks to Victoria Burnhan,Head of Professional Practice ,Education & Professional Development Department at the Scottish  Ambulance Service for the kind to give a live webcast to staff across Scotland for Dementia Awarenss Week 2015 
Along with invites to speak  to staff across Scotland on a join tour 

I met with Victoria and John a few weeks back at the ALLIANCE to chat about our'make a difference' campaign and tour 

We have agreed to do the webcast on June 5th along with a series of talks together across Scotland this year the first two confirmed  will be at the  Scottish Ambulance Service academy at Glasgow Caledonian University  13:00 on the 18th and 22nd of June

We shall be adding more talks ,ideas and iniatvies over the next weeks ,A big thanks also  to Karen the academy leader and to Paualine Howie CEO Scottish Ambulance Service for supporting the confirmed and proposed events 

I am looking forward to meeting everyone as part of our ' make a difference ' tour 
I will add a link to view the webcast as soon as I have 


My mums name was Joan Whitelaw - our 8 short films

Tommy’s speech, providing a carer’s perspective,  on the theme of “No – one ever asked >” highlighted the transformational impact that listening, kindness and understanding made to his journey as a carer, and the importance of looking beyond a person’s diagnosis to engage with them as an individual.

If you would like to access further information about the Collaborative and to view presentations from the latest learning session, please click here.

In 2011 Tommy produced a short film in conjunction with Alzheimer Scotland. The video, which was later shown at the Scottish Parliament, includes families and carers reading from the letters they sent him during his dementia awareness tour of Scotland’s towns and cities. To view the FILM

  Interview for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Patients’ Stories Library
The NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde's Patients' Stories Library for Hospital Staff aims to use patients’ and carers’ experiences to look at how acute services can be improved.
Tommy shared his story with frontline staff working across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, including the Ward staff that cared for his mother at the Southern General hospital. His film interview was also shown across a number of NHSGGC hospital sites during Carers Week 2013 to help raise awareness amongst staff about the importance of supporting carers in contributing to delivering person centred care.

 It’s Ok to Ask for Help!

The It’s Ok to Ask DVD produced by NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Glasgow City Council, The Alliance and Alzheimer Scotland uses carers’ experiences to highlight the benefits of using carer support services in Glasgow, and encourages people to ask for help. Tommy Whitelaw, Alliance Scotland, shares experiences of looking after a partner, parent, relative, friend or neighbour with dementia. Other carers tell us about help they get from support services in Glasgow. FILM

Speaking Care Inspectorate Seminar 

Published on 7 Nov 2013
Tommy recently spoke to our inspection team to talk about his experiences of caring for his mum Joan Whitelaw, who died last year after living with dementia for several years. He spoke about the difficulties he had getting the right services for his mum at the right time and how this led him to take his dementia awareness campaign "On Tour"

National Dementia Awareness Week 2014 (England) – NHS Employers Nursing Times - my Filmed interview

To mark National Dementia Awareness Week which runs from 18 to 24 May, NHS Employers the Nursing Times are working with the Alzheimer’s Society to promote resources available to NHS organisations and the NHS workforce.
As part of this activity, they have specially commissioned a short video of an interview with Dementia Carer Voices’ very own Tommy Whitelaw.

You can get more information here on NHS Employers 
This video was made to mark this year’s Dementia Awareness week 

You can click on the image Below to preview the  trailer for a longer film which will be launched on 12th December in NHS Ayrshire and Arran University Hospital Ayr lecture theatre.
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Full version of Make a difference with the staff nhsaaa 
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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Speaking Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust Annual Conference June 19th


With great thanks to Natalie Warman Associate  Nurse Nurse Director Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust for the kind invite to speak at the trusts annual conference 
' Driving and Embedding Safety and Quality of Care ' on June 19th Charlton Athletic Football club 
I had the great privilege to meet Natalie at the FutureMH conference a few months back where Natalie  kindly invited me to speak 

A big thanks also to  Katie Bignell Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust for arranging and supporting me to get there 

Looking forward to attending,learning,meeting everyone and speaking 



Tuesday speaking Education Centre, Lecture Room at Borders General Hospital


With Great thanks to David Thomson associate director of nursing NHS Borders for the kind invite to speak Education Centre, Lecture Room at Borders General Hospital on Tuesday at the NHS Borders governance event at 2pm 

I am very honored to be invited to speak about our make a difference campaign along with others from the Borders who will be speaking about local issues 

A big thank you also to Amy for help arrange 


Thanks for reading my blog, You can now view my 8 short flims here!
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Saturday, 23 May 2015

Celebrating 4000 People and Personal Pledges to Make A Difference

 Celebrating 4000 People & Personal Pledges to                Make A Difference



Thank you from my heart OVER 4000 People have now made a personal pledge - commitment to Make A Difference  for people living with Dementia ,families and carers

I have had the great privilege to meet so many amazing, caring, inspiring people IN PERSON on my tour across the country on twitter via our Dementia Carer voices Blog and my own TommyOnTour blog.

We are truly inspired by the people the pledges the commitment and the inspiring staff pledge trees appearing in hospitals ,care home ,universities and workplaces all across the country 

More important the passion and commitment to fulfill the pledges is truly inspiring 







We are still on our  ‘Make A Difference ‘ campaign and tour engaging with Health and Social Care Professionals and Students, with  85  talks confirmed as of today  for this year and OVER  4000 personal pledges. To make a difference

We are very inspired by the pledges, the different ways Hospital Boards, Universities and Individuals are taking the pledges forward and embedding them into practice with great desire from all to make a difference.

I have been overwhelmed by the kindness of people and have had many emotional journeys home late at night from talks thinking back to all that happened each day; the people I have met,the pledges that have been made , the stories I have heard and the great initiatives so many people have shared.

Please see the links below to Every Event ,Every Person,Every Pledge Every Commitment to Make A Difference 

thank you 





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
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
15/16.12.14 Norfolk and Suffolk