Sunday, 5 August 2018

My mums name was Joan ,my Mum Had Dementia - our Story 9 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 http://tv.enterprisescreen.co.uk/watch?v=347




 Putting the Care into Dementia Care

This training film is a collaboration between Health watch
 Essex,


staff at Broomfield Hospital and Dementia Carer Voices







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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36_Y_3y0yXM


Dementia Carer Voices where proud to tour with Healthwatch across Essex back in October 2015.  You can view the blog post and pledges from the few days here. 
Thanks to every one of you who attended each event and the @HWEssex team for arranging the few days.  Below is a new film about the tour with some of the Nurses who attended sharing their pledges made to the Make a Difference Campaign each day. 

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 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 http://youtu.be/u2BAxSCcic0






'On the Couch' with Tommy Whitelaw filmed interview NHS Scotland Conference June 2015





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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Thursday, 2 August 2018

Celebrating People, Places,Approaching 19,000 Pledges to Make a Difference

Celebrating People, Places, approaching 20,000 Pledges to Make a Difference


                         

The Dementia Carer Voices team would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has made a pledge, and everyone we have met along the way so far on our You Can Make a Difference campaign. We are absolutely delighted to have now received more than  19,000 pledges!


This is a wonderful milestone to reach and would not be possible without the commitment and passion of everyone who attends our talks, reads about our campaign and pledges to make a difference to the lives of people with dementia and their carers. We have reached over 130,000 people across more than 700 talks and have met so many remarkable people so far.
These more than 19,000 pledges are from a personal perspective so each of them is unique and from the heart. More than 19,000 people have stopped and reflected on what they can do in their lives to make a difference. And no matter what your role, everyone has the potential to transform the lives and experiences of people with dementia and their carers, often in seemingly small ways.
We are really proud to be able to work with the Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland Professor Fiona McQueen and the Chief Nursing Officer for England Professor Jane Cummings you away from our website), sharing key messages from both and feeding back on the aims and outcomes of the people we have met.
You can read all of the pledges we have received so far on our website, as well as our pledge case studies, most recent publication and 5 Steps to Change resource.
The campaign will continue throughout the year. If you have been inspired to make a pledge yourself, you can email us at dementiacarervoices@alliance-scotland.org.uk We’d love to hear how you plan to make a difference!
Commenting on this huge milestone, our UK Lead Tommy Whitelaw said that

‘it has been a remarkable experience meeting so many inspirational people who do so many incredible things. We are inspired by the pledges and how people have been turning their good intentions into purposeful action.”
ALLIANCE Director Irene Oldfather added that

“these 19,000 pledges demonstrate Dementia Carer Voice’s ability to create a social movement for change by raising knowledge, understanding and awareness of living with dementia whilst promoting person-centred rights-based care to enhance the lives of people living with dementia.”
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06/02/18 Craigielea, People, Pledges, Music, Wishes and Life Stories


16/02/18 Portsmouth Hospitals Launch Pledge Tree


20/02/18 Queen Margaret University, Nursing Students Add Pledges


21/02/18 Abertay University open sessions


28/02/18 The Midlands and East Region LCAV Conference Delegates Add Pledges


 






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04/10/17 City of Glasgow College Pledge to Make a Difference








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03.11.14 Online pledges

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13.10.14 More Pledges








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We began the campaign by asking “What does caring mean to you?”



Thanks for reading my blog, You can now view my 8 short flims here! http://tommy-on-tour-2011.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/my-mums-name-was-joan-this-is-our-story.html
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My mums name was Joan ,my Mum Had Dementia - our Story 9 Short Films

Tommy’s speech, providing a carer’s perspective,  on the theme of “ No – one ever asked   ” highlighted the transformational impact that ...