Sunday, 11 January 2015

Campaign Tells Staff You Can Make A Difference 2015 #Dementia #Caring

The Health and Social Care ALLIANCE’s Dementia Carer Voices project is continuing the exciting  campaign started  2014 over 2015  calling upon  Health and Social Care professionals to consider how they can assist people with dementia and their carers.

The team will continue taking the You Can Make A Difference’ > campaign to staff across the country to highlight that no matter what their role, everyone working in Health and Social Care Services has the potential to transform the lives and experiences of people with dementia and their carers, often in seemingly small ways. Staff will be given the opportunity to reflect on carer’s personal stories and make a pledge based on one key message or action that they will take away and apply to their everyday practice to make a difference. 

Some of the pledges received so far include;
“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.”

Tommy Whitelaw, Dementia Carer Voices Project Engagement Lead, said: 
“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. In my case it was a district nurse who not only gave me practical advice about how to take care of my mum, but sat down, put her arm around me and told me ‘You’re doing all right. You can make that difference.”

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 am looking forward to continuing this tour over 2015 

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 2765 personal pledges that have been made 


Irene Oldfather, Director, the ALLIANCE said:
 “This work reaches out and touches the hearts of many people, not least Health and Social Care students and professionals. These interactions are an ideal opportunity for staff to pause and reflect on what is really important to the people in their care.  Make a pledge, make a difference.”

For more information on the campaign and to find out how you can submit your pledge, visit 


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