Tuesday, 25 March 2014

You can make a difference tour 2014


You can make a difference!  

                            That’s what I want people to know and is the theme of my tour 2014

Time, listening and understanding can make an unimaginable difference during what can be a very difficult and lonely journey. Over and above policies, strategies or reports it’s people who have the potential to transform the lives and experiences of others.  It makes me smile to think about the special people who helped me whilst I was a carer, the thousands out there helping others in the same manner, and the students who make up our next generation of caring professionals.

At the end of  my talks I will be asking peolpe who attend to think about what they could do to make a difference to others. 
This will be a new theme going forward and the basis for talks in 2014  -  No matter what your role,

“What difference can YOU make to the lives of others?”

Since my walk to collect life stories I have been receiving letters life and love stories therefore will you help me answer those letters, will you help with a pledge to make a difference. 

If you do my promise is as with the letters I received to take those pledges across the country raise awareness and I hope inspire others to make a difference. 

Will you make a pledge to make a difference as part of our tour 2014? 

You can make your pledge at makeadifference@alliance-scotland.org.uk

visit the " you can make a difference " pledge page  http://Dementiacarervoices.wordpress.com

Some confirmed dates for talks for the "You can make a difference tour " 2014 pledges

·        20.01.14  Letters, Life and Love Stories Concert    
·        21.01.14  Spoke at Peace Hospice, Watford    
·        22.01.14  Spoke at 6C's Live Event, London  
·        27.01.14  Spoke at Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham  
·        28.01.14  Spoke at BCDA dignity event, Birmingham 
·        03.02.14  University of Edinburgh - Nursing Students 
·        04.02.14  Stow College - Health and Social Care Students   
·        05.02.14  St Andrew's Hospice - Airdrie  
·        06.02.14  Presentation to Crosshouse Hospital NHSaaa  
·        06.02.14  University of Abertay    
·        17.02.14  Royal College of Nursing  
·        18.02.14  8 Pillar Test Sites Learning Session 1  
·        19.02.14  NHS Fife - Dementia Champions  
·        20.02.14  University of Edinburgh - MSC Integrated Service Improvement  
·        24.02.14  NHS Highland Palliative Care Event 
·        25.02.14 NHS Grampian/ Robert Gordon University NHS Grampian - Presentation  to board and 4 talks at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary to medical students in ARI.
·        26.02.14  NHS Grampian / Robert Gordon University - Moray College Elgin and Acorn Centre Inverurie
·        27.02.14  NHS Grampian / Robert Gordon University – 4 talks to nursing students 
·        03.03.14  NHS England Expo Manchester
·        04.03.14   NHS England Expo Manchester
·        05.03.14  Inverary Talk - Caring Connections and the focus is on creating a person centred network in Argyll and Bute, across health, social care and third sector 
·        07.03.14  Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh  
·        11.03.14  Senior Charge Nurses event – Beardmore Conference Centre  
·        12.03.14  Monklands Hospital, Airdrie  
·        17.03.14  Reid Kerr Collage Nursing Students
·        17.03.14  NHSGGC Tour Western Infirmary 3rd Floor Function Suite 1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm (2 talks)
·        18.03.14  NHSGGC Tour Inverclyde Royal IRH Education Centre Upstairs 1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm (2 talks)
·        19.03.14  Year 1 addiction sessions - Glasgow Caledonian University  
·        20.03.14  NHSGGC Tour Royal Alexandria Hospital Medical Education Lecture Theatre 1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm (2 talks)
·        21.03.14  Gartnavel General Hospital Lecture Theatre Post Graduate Centre 1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm (2 talks)
·        24.03.14  NHSGGC Tour Western Infirmary 3rd Floor Function Suite 1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm (2 talks)
·        26.03.14  Dementia Post-Diagnostic Support HEAT Target Event - Beardmore Conference Centre  
·        28.03.14  James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough  
·        31.03.14  NHSGGC Tour Royal Alexandria Hospital Lecture Theatre 2 1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm (2 talks)   
·        01.04.14  NHSGGC Tour Gartnavel General Hospital Boardroom 1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm (2 talks)   
·        02.04.14. NHSGGC Tour Western Infirmary 3rd Floor Function Suite 1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm (2 talks)
·        03.04.14  OT forum East Renfrewshire (morning)
·        08.04.14  NHSD&G Tour - Waverly Medical Centre Open session x2 and Palmerston Football Club Closed Session (Invite only)
·        09.04.14 NHSD&G Tour - Conference Room Crichton Hall Open session x2 and Alzheimer Scotland Resource Centre, Gordon Street meet and greet with lunch.
·        10.04.14  NHSD&G Tour - Tribunal Room Midpark Hospital Open session, Conference room Crichton Hall Session with dementia champions and Howgill Centre, Treastaigh, Annan Open session
·        10.04.14 Masterclass Caledonian University
·        21.04.14 Maple Villa Livingston Dementia unit for challenging behaviours
       24.04.14 Speaking at the opening of Dementia Friendly Kent 
·        28.04.14  NHSGGC Tour Glasgow Royal Infirmary Boardroom 1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm (2 talks)    
·        29.04.14. NHSGGC Tour Victoria Infirmary Practice Development Classroom 1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm (2 talks) 
·        30.04.14. NHSGGC Tour Vale of Leven MR1 1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm (2 talks)
·        06.05.14  NHSGGC Tour  Glasgow Royal Infirmary Boardroom 1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm (2 talks)    
·        08.05.14 NHS Borders Dementia Awareness Event 
·        09.05.14  NHSAA Crosshouse Hospital
·        14.05.14  Scottish Practice Nurse Association Conference – Perth
·        15.05.14  NHSAA Ayr Hospital
·        19.05.14  ALLIANCE Annual Conference – Pollock Halls Edinburgh
·        21.05.14  NHSGGC Annual Mental Health Clinical Governance Event - GTG Conference Centre, South St
·        22.05.14  NHSAA Crosshouse Hospital
·        27.05.14  NHSAA Ayr Hospital
·        03.06.14  NHS Annual Conference (attending only )
·        04.06.14  NHS Annual Conference  (attending only )
·        06.06.14  NHSGGC Podiatry Development Day
·        11.06.14  NHSAA Ayr Hospital 
·        18.06.14  Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust and Rowley Regis Hospital
·        19.06.14  NHSAA Crosshouse Hospital
·        26.06.14  NHSAA Ayr Hospital
·        30.06.14  NHSAA Crosshouse Hospital
·        02.07.14  Dementia Café with Croy, Ayrshire
·        08.10.14  6Cs Live conference in Birmingham NHS England
31.10.14  Citizens Advice Direct AGM

Thank you


  1. Tommy I sent my pledge..hope you get it ok
    Kim Pennock

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  3. Tommy it never ceases to amaze me just how many people you touch by doing what you do! Inspirational as always x


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