Dementia Carer Voices awareness campaigner embarks on a five day tour with NHS Western Isles for Dementia Awareness Week 2017
The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland’s (the ALLIANCE) Project Engagement Lead, Tommy Whitelaw, will be holding a series of talks in conjunction with NHS Western Isles from 31st May to 3rd June. The talks are aimed at raising awareness for people with dementia and their carers.
ALLIANCE Director, Irene Oldfather said,
“We are delighted to be invited back to give talks in the Western Isles. This project reaches out and touches the hearts of so many people, not least the health and social care professionals who attend the talks and make their pledges. 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.”
“My motivation as a carer came from the love I had for my mum and I would do it all again in a heartbeat, but my experience has shown me just how tough it is to live with dementia and how many struggles it can bring. I felt passionately that no one should have to face the confusion, loneliness and isolation and my passion to raise awareness of dementia and its impact on families has grown even stronger since my mum’s passing.”
Talks and events:
Barra: Wednesday 31st May - Meet and Greet Carers and people with Dementia. 1.30pm-2.30pm at Cobhair Bharraigh, Castlebay.
Uist: Thursday 1st June - Carers Morning Tea. 10.30am-11.30am at Sacred Heart House, Daliburgh.
Harris: Thursday 1st June - Staff and Carers Tea. 7.00pm-8.00pm Harris House, Tarbert.
Lewis: Friday 2nd June – talk followed by Ceilidh 1.00 pm-2.30pm in Erisort Ward, Western Isles Hospital, Stornoway.
Lewis: Saturday 3rd June - A Memory March, hosted by Alzheimer Scotland, will be held to take place from 2pm at the Bridge Centre, Stornoway.
Notes to editors
· The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) is the national third sector intermediary for a range of health and social care organisations. The ALLIANCE has over 1,800 members including a large network of national and local third sector organisations, associates in the statutory and private sectors and individuals. Many NHS Boards and Health and Social Care Partnerships are associate members.
· The ALLIANCE’s vision is for a Scotland where people who are disabled or living with long term conditions and unpaid carers have a strong voice and enjoy their right to live well.
· Dementia Carer Voices blog: https://dementiacarervoices.wordpress.com/
· The ALLIANCE’s page on Dementia Carer Voices: http://www.alliance-scotland.org.uk/what-we-do/our-work/voice-of-lived-experience/dementia-carer-voices/
· As part of the Dementia Carer Voices ‘You Can Make a Difference’ campaign and in the lead up to day being held on June 6th, additional events are being planned for health and social care professionals and students to receive information to support them in delivering compassionate, personal and relationship based care.
· Tommy Whitelaw toured Scottish towns and cities back 2011, when caring for his late mum Joan, in a walk to collect life stories from fellow carers and people living with dementia and is delighted to have been invited to give another series of talks with NHS Western Isles.
· Our flagship ‘You Can Make a Difference’ campaign has now received 13,000 personal pledges from health and social care staff and students at hospitals, universities, care homes and colleges from across the country.
Tommy Whitelaw, firstname.lastname@example.org 0141 404 0231; 07921395712