Saturday, 9 December 2017

‘What Matters to You? launches summary report for 2017

What Matters to You? launches summary report looking back at What Matters to You? Day 2017.

The  2017 What Matters to You? Day (WMTY Day) took place on 6 June and was an opportunity to encourage and support more meaningful conversations and focus on the wants and needs of people receiving care and support. This year WMTY Day saw participation from over 1000 individuals and teams from across 30 countries set up ‘What Matters to You?’ activities in their local areas. What Matters to You? has now launched a summary report (This link will take you away from our website) of WMTY Day 2017.
Dementia Carer Voices UK Lead, Tommy Whitelaw, represents The ALLIANCE on the What matters to You? Steering Group and has been working with carers and people with long term conditions to find out what matters to them. Tommy has been working actively to promote the importance of meaningful conversations and the day itself at all of his events.
In June he interviewed Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport (This link will take you away fro our website), about what matters to her. Please take a moment to see all our WMTY case studies on the brand-new ALLIANCE website.
ALLIANCE Director, Irene Oldfather said,
“Dementia Carer Voices is delighted to be represented on the Steering Group of this meaningful project. What Matters to You? Day is a great opportunity to emphasise the importance of asking people what matters to them and encouraging person centred care. I urge everyone to read this summary report and Dementia Carer Voices looks forward to working with What Matters to You? in the future.”
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Monday, 4 December 2017

16,000 People,Have Now Pledged To Make Difference. Every Person,Pledge HERE

we would like to say a   huge thank you to everyone who has made a pledge as part of the ‘You Can Make a Difference’ campaign and we are absolutely delighted to have received  over 16,000 pledges
This is a wonderful milestone to reach and would not be possible without the commitment and passion of everyone who attends our talks, reads about our campaign and pledges to make a difference to the lives of people with living with dementia and their carers.
The team have been taking the ‘You Can Make a Difference’ campaign to 650 talks to date, reaching over 95,000 staff and students throughout the UK 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. 
You can read all the 16,000 pledges on our master pledge page and see our ‘You Can Make a Difference’case studies.
In June, Dementia Carer Voices launched its publication analysing 6,000 of the pledges we have received in the three years running the project. The key messages were around the importance of time in delivering compassionate care for health and social care staff and students.
Presentation HSCA
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If you have been inspired to make a pledge , please get in touch and email us your pledge at If you have made a pledge and want to share how you have made a difference and put a pledge do get in touch. Get inspiration on our ‘What Matters to You?’ case studies.
The campaign continues into 2017 and beyond – this autumn we will be visiting all universities offering nursing courses to share our important message.

Every Person Every Pledge Below 


18/12/17  Wishaw  General hospital tree of kindness and care 

15/12/17 Specialist Community Nursing Pledge Tree

13/12/17 Community Nursing Wrexham

13/12/17 Bangor University Nursing Society 


03/11/17 Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust 

06/11/17 Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnerships

07/11/17 New College Lanarkshire

08/11/17  Care at home teams Livingston 

09/11/17 Hospice at Home teams Carlisle and Lakelands 

16/11/17  NHS Lanarkshire Quality Improvement Day

   29/11/17    University of Glasgow, 1st Year Nursing Students, Pledge

October 2017

04/10/17 City of Glasgow College Pledge to Make a Difference

25/10/17  NhHS Borders District Nursing 
26/18/17 Stirling University 3rd Year Nursing

September 2017

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December 2016

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March 2016
09/03/16 Hairmyers Hospital create their own pledge tree!
22/03/16 Bolton pledges to make a difference!
24/03/16 Hampshire Hospital Trust pledges!
31/03/16 184 pledges from University of Central Lancashire
February 2016

08/02/16 Stobhill Care Home launch pledge trees

January 2016
December 2015
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December 2014
15/16.12.14 Norfolk and Suffolk

November 2014
03.11.14 Online pledges
07.11.14 Burton Hospital
13.11.14  Pledges of the week
24.11.14 The Retreat York
October 2014
13.10.14 More Pledges
27-30.10.14 NHS Highland Tour
September 2014
01.09.14  Teesside University
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
3/4.06.14 NHS Conference
27.06.14 BCDA Birmingham
May 2014 
April 2014
(08 -10).04.14 NHS Dumfries & Galloway 
March 2014
February 2014
19.02.14 NHS Fife
January 2014
We began the campaign by asking “What does caring mean to you?”

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My mums name was Joan ,my Mum Had Dementia - our Story 9 Short Films

Tommy’s speech, providing a carer’s perspective,  on the theme of “ No – one ever asked   ” highlighted the transformational impact that ...