Busy times! I've been here, there and everywhere over the past couple of weeks. I've been chatting to loads of other carers, which is always a real privilege. I'm even getting used to speaking in public - never thought that would happen!
Since I last updated my wee blog, I've been to:
North Dementia Forum (Bearsden)
North East Carers (Easterhouse)
South West Carers Centre (Govan - with thanks to Quarriers)
Oxford Street Carers (city centre)
South East Carers (Cathcart)
The more talks I do and the more people I get the chance to meet, the more I realise that it's all about making a difference at local level. It's the help and care and support that you get in your own town that's key to it all. Getting your local social work dept, or your local council, or your health board to listen to you - that's what most carers seem to be really interested in. At least, that's what I'm hearing again and again from the carers that I meet.
This week and next week I'm doing my talk to Alzheimer Scotland's Dementia Cafe's in Glasgow. Next week I've got a talk in Springburn too. Tommy's still touring!
PS my cousin took a lovely photo of my wee mum and her sister, Margaret, in Largs last week. Thought it'd be nice to share it.
Are you a carer?
Please watch my short film, which includes families and carers reading from the letters they sent me.
If you're a carer and you'd like to send a letter in, you can post it to Tommy on Tour, 39 crosslee street glasgow g521sl. You can also email it to email@example.com
Thursday, 7 July 2011
I had a lovely day in Prestwick yesterday and met some wonderful people. Jenni, the local Link Worker who organized the day, was fantastic. I showed the wee film about my walk then spoke about my tour. Then the best bit - a good hour of sitting and chatting as a group, talking about all aspects of dementia and being a carer.
There are so many carers and, while we all have a different story to tell, there's a lot we all have in common too. One of the best bits about doing this tours is having the chance to meet so many of them.