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 tommy.whitelaw@alliance-scotland.org.uk

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Make a pledge – Make a difference How will you make a difference 2015 ?

2014 has been the most amazing year. I have had the great privilege to meet so many amazing, caring, inspiring people IN PERSON on my 187 talk tour across the country on twitter via our Dementia Carer voices Blog and my own TommyOnTour blog.

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 and the inspirational Pledges 3500 people have now made a pledge to make a difference

There are far too many people to mention in person - this blog piece might never end if I tried!

For me caring is truly all about people and relationships - it’s always people who make the biggest difference of all. I have met so many amazing people and witnessed the greatest relationships of care over the last year. that have been made , the stories I have heard and the great initiatives so many people have shared.

The campaign will continue over 2015 to help support the incredible people who have made pledges to date You can views the 85 talks confirmed to date here for 2015 

As we get ever closer to the start of 2015 will you join us and make a personal pledge to make a difference 

You can view information below on how to add your personal pledge 
Campaign
Tommy Whitelaw-JG
“Carers tell us that a little bit of time, listening and understanding can make an unimaginable difference during what can be a very difficult and lonely journey. No matter what your role, you have the potential to transform the lives and experiences of people with dementia and their carers.” Tommy
Make a pledge – Make a difference
How will you make a difference?
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We aim to ensure that carers have their voices heard, their rights and caring role are recognised by those who play a part in the journey and that real life experience influences health and social care policy, culture and practice. Having heard the stories of Tommy and other carers we want to ask those working in Health and Social Care services:
What one thing will you take away and change in order to make a difference to the lives of people with dementia and their carers?
You can send your pledge to us via email  to makeadifference@alliance-scotland.org.uk. We will be collating the pledges and publishing them on the home page of this website so please be sure to let us know your name and role. If, however you prefer for your pledge to remain anonymous, please indicate this in your response.
Here are some pledges that we have already received:
“I pledge to listen with open ears and and open heart.”
“I pledge to view the person I care for as all that they have been, they are and all that they can be.”
“I pledge to take the time to speak to the person’s family and provide support to make their lives as fulfilling as possible.”
We would like to thank  organizations  from across the sector showing their support for the campaign, and helping to spread the message that “You Can Make A Difference.”
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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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Tomorrow Speaking at The LINKS Event Record of Learning Launch

Hi
With great thanks to Mark Charlton for the kind invite to speak at this event 
You can get more info at the links below 


Sometimes information isn’t enough. Sometimes the referral systems are too difficult to navigate. Sometimes services are tricky to access. Sometimes the thought of walking in to a room is terrifying. Sometimes you don’t know where to go. Sometimes you don’t want to have to tell your story again and again and again. Sometimes it helps just to share your journey.
This is where links workers come in. The role of Links Workers, Community Connectors and Navigators is increasingly being recognised as a vital role in supporting people to live well in their community.
Across Scotland there are a number of innovative approaches that aim to support people to connect in to their local community assets. Many of these approaches see the primary care team as key to this approach.
This event will share learning across people and programmes interested in community-connected primary care and ‘links’ approaches and launch the Links Worker programme Record of Learning >
The day will be highly interactive and delegates will choose from a number of topic-based workshops where they can explore how other people and programmes are operating and what they are learning. If you are interested in speaking at this event or being involved in a workshop, please contact Mark Charlton, Programme Director. 
Sample workshops include:
Links Worker Knowledge and Skills
Recruiting for a Links Worker role
Evaluation approaches to a links programme
What do GP teams say?
To register your place please click here >
For more information, please contact:
Mark Charlton on 0141 404 0234 or email mark.charlton@alliance-scotland.org.uk


Monday, 30 March 2015

Dementia Carer Voices April Newsletter is now Available

       
Welcome to the latest edition of the Dementia Carer Voices Project's newsletter, which will keep you up to date with our latest activity.
This month's edition includes our contribution to the Gathering, our meeting with the Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, along with some great guest contributions to our Dementia Carer Voices blog site.




Friday, 27 March 2015

Meet The Difference Makers every person every pledge




                                          
Hi,

I would like to thank you from my heart NEARLY 3500 ,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.

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 daythe people I have met,the pledges that have been made , the stories I have heard and the great initiatives so many people have shared.

There are far too many people to mention in person - this blog piece might never end if I tried!
For me caring is truly all about people and relationships - it’s always people who make the biggest difference of all. I have met so many amazing people and witnessed the greatest relationships of care over the last year.

Thank you for bringing a smile to my heart over the last 12 months, thank you for making such a difference to my life BUT more importantly thank you for the amazing pledges to make a difference for others. 

Thank you from my heart and  from my amazing team mates Irene, Laura and Sarah.

                                                                         

   Click On Links Below for People Places and Pledges  

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

NHSAAA The People The Pledges The tour - 13 talks July - August 

                                                    
July
August
September
01.09.14  Teesside University
October
13.10.14 More Pledges
November
03.11.14 Online pledges
07.11.14 Burton Hospital
13.11.14  Pledges of the week
24.11.14 The Retreat York
December 
15/16.12.14 Norfolk and Suffolk
You can view our NEW PLEDGE  FILM launched for 2014 with the staff of NHSAAAFirst Minister Nicola Sturgeon CEO NHS Scotland Paul Gray and Chief Nursing Officer Fiona McQueen    here. 
                             
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                               You Can Make A Difference           
                                              

Thanks for reading my blog, You can now view my 8 short films here!  

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