will present a Masterclass
'Letters, Life and Love Stories'
Glasgow Caledonian University
Tommy WhitelawFollowing a successful career in the music industry, running global merchandising operations for the Spice Girls, Kylie Minogue and U2, Tommy spent five years as full-time carer for his late mother Joan who had Vascular Dementia. His experiences during this period drove him to start an awareness campaign across Scotland's towns and cities in 2011, collecting hundreds of life story letters from carers detailing the issues they face in caring for a loved one living with dementia.Since then, he has engaged with thousands of carers through his 'Tommy on Tour' blog and as Project Engagement Lead of the Health and Social Care Alliance's Dementia Carer Voices Project, conducting frequent talks to health and social care professionals and carer organisations across Scotland, to raise awareness of the impact of dementia on families and the importance of empowering carers in carrying out their difficult but vital role.Tommy said "every letter I've received has the word love in it. Every letter. But in all those letters love is matched with loneliness and isolation - the exact same feelings that I experienced as a carer. They also tell of the transformational impact that health and social care professionals can have on the carer journey, often in seemingly small ways through listening, communication and understanding. It is this inspirational message which I am delighted to share with those who touch the lives of Scotland's carers and their loved ones."Please RSVP to tommywhitelaw.eventbrite.co.uk