Thursday, 2 August 2018

Celebrating People, Places,Approaching 19,000 Pledges to Make a Difference

Celebrating People, Places, approaching 20,000 Pledges to Make a Difference


The Dementia Carer Voices team would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has made a pledge, and everyone we have met along the way so far on our You Can Make a Difference campaign. We are absolutely delighted to have now received more than  19,000 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 dementia and their carers. We have reached over 130,000 people across more than 700 talks and have met so many remarkable people so far.
These more than 19,000 pledges are from a personal perspective so each of them is unique and from the heart. More than 19,000 people have stopped and reflected on what they can do in their lives to make a difference. And no matter what your role, everyone has the potential to transform the lives and experiences of people with dementia and their carers, often in seemingly small ways.
We are really proud to be able to work with the Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland Professor Fiona McQueen and the Chief Nursing Officer for England Professor Jane Cummings you away from our website), sharing key messages from both and feeding back on the aims and outcomes of the people we have met.
You can read all of the pledges we have received so far on our website, as well as our pledge case studies, most recent publication and 5 Steps to Change resource.
The campaign will continue throughout the year. If you have been inspired to make a pledge yourself, you can email us at We’d love to hear how you plan to make a difference!
Commenting on this huge milestone, our UK Lead Tommy Whitelaw said that

‘it has been a remarkable experience meeting so many inspirational people who do so many incredible things. We are inspired by the pledges and how people have been turning their good intentions into purposeful action.”
ALLIANCE Director Irene Oldfather added that

“these 19,000 pledges demonstrate Dementia Carer Voice’s ability to create a social movement for change by raising knowledge, understanding and awareness of living with dementia whilst promoting person-centred rights-based care to enhance the lives of people living with dementia.”
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Master Pledge Page

August 2018

July 2018

24/07/18 Northumbria University Nursing Leavers Conference

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

06/02/18 Craigielea, People, Pledges, Music, Wishes and Life Stories

16/02/18 Portsmouth Hospitals Launch Pledge Tree

20/02/18 Queen Margaret University, Nursing Students Add Pledges

21/02/18 Abertay University open sessions

28/02/18 The Midlands and East Region LCAV Conference Delegates Add Pledges


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December 2017

November 2017

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 

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

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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

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