Thursday, 13 July 2017

You Can Make a Difference Campaign - Get Involved

   

Dementia Carer Voices

You Can Make a Difference Campaign

Tommy Whitelaw-JG
“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. No matter what your role, you have the potential to transform the lives and experiences of people with dementia and their carers.” Tommy
Make a pledge – Make a difference
How will you make a difference?
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We aim to ensure that carers have their voices heard, their rights and caring role are recognised by those who play a part in the journey and that real life experience influences health and social care policy, culture and practice. Having heard the stories of Tommy and other carers we want to ask those working in Health and Social Care services:
Dementia Carer Voices began its flagship ‘You Can Make a Difference’ campaign in February 2014, which has gone from strength to strength. The campaign calls upon health and social care professionals to reflect on the lived experience of people affected by dementia, and identify key messages or actions from their stories that they can take away and apply to their everyday practice to improve outcomes for people living with dementia and their carers.
The campaign has had an extensive outreach programme, engaging with an estimated 80,000 people over the course of 600 talks since February 2014. As the campaign continues this year, this total is set to increase throughout 2017.
This campaign, primarily targeted at health and social care professionals and students, has travelled across the country with the simple message that we can all make a difference, no matter what our role. The highly translatable nature of the campaign has encouraged people from all backgrounds to participate, and has meant that along with professionals and students, MSPs and members of the public have readily pledged their support not just to the project but to the estimated 788,000 unpaid carers in Scotland.

The campaign seeks to empower individuals to make a positive difference in the lives of people living with dementia, their families and carers. It aims to encourage people to do what they can to make their journeys easier, often in simple ways. Perhaps the most common pledge is



What one thing will you take away and change in order to make a difference to the lives of people with dementia and their carers?
You can send your pledge to us via email  to dementiacarervoices@alliance-scotland.org.uk. We will be collating the pledges and publishing them here  on the home page of this website 

so please be sure to let us know your name and role. If, however you prefer for your pledge to remain anonymous, please indicate this in your response.

Thank you for the support for the campaign, and helping to spread the message that “we  Can All  Make A Difference.”
Thanks for reading my blog, You can now view my 8 short flims here! http://tommy-on-tour-2011.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/my-mums-name-was-joan-this-is-our-story.html
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