Friday, 31 October 2014
The ALLIANCE, Venlaw Building, 349 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4AA
Come and join us at our next members’ networking event: Self Management, Partnerships in Practice on Monday 1st December 2014 at 12pm.
On the day, there will be three networking sessions to encourage sharing experiences. Explore partnership working, how to engage people and co-production.
Inspirational speakers will share their achievements through effective partnerships and there will be some Christmas surprises.
This event is open to all members of the ALLIANCE but may be of particular interest to you if you have any key experiences of self management and partnership working to share or you want to learn more about how others make their partnerships work.
If you are interested in attending this event, e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org including any access or dietary requirements
Please also list the networking sessions you would like to attend in order of preference.
The networking sessions are:
We look forward to networking with you!
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Looking forward to speaking at Citizens Advice Direct Scotland Annual General Meeting 2014 this Friday at the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow at 6.30pm
Massive thanks to Andrew Bartlett for inviting me to speaking on the evening.
"Having outgrown The Corinthian, 2014's Advice Direct Scotland trading as Citizens Advice Direct's Annual General Meeting is moving to the Grand Ballroom at Glasgow's iconic Grand Central Hotel. Speakers include Nigel Kershaw, co-founder and chair of The Big Issue and CEO of Big Issue Invest, and the inspirational Tommy Whitelaw, who will talk about his mission to raise awareness of dementia.
The AGM will last for approximately one hour, followed by drinks, food and networking"
If you would like to attend please register through Eventbrite at:
Sunday, 26 October 2014
Well this week is a another busy week on my 'You Can Make A Difference Tour ' (186 talks across the UK )
Seven days seventeen talks across seven towns and cities
I have 14 talks in Partnership with NHS Highland starting with 3 talks Fort William Monday, 4 talks Wick Tuesday, 4 talks Inverness Wednesday and last but not least Oban for 3 talks
I then head from Oban to Dunblane late Thursday evening to speak at the HFMA Annual conference first thing Friday morning then later that day I will be speaking in Galsgow at the Citizens Advice Direct AGM
Next day I head off to Sunderland to speak at a the City Hosptial Sunderland End of Life Care Conference
A busy but very exciting 7 days on my tour .A massive thank you to all of the above for the invites ,opportunities and support to get there
I am so very much looking forward to meeting everyone listening,learning ,speaking meeting new and old friends along the way and I hope adding more personal pledges to our pledge wall
Thursday, 23 October 2014
With great thanks to Ruth Mantle Dementia Nurse Consultant ,Mamie Thompson Head of engagement NHS Highland for the wonderful opportunity to tour together again across the areas the Board covers October 27th - 0ctober 14 talks in total
We had a wonderful few days of joint talks in Inverness last year ,in fact this was the springboard for the make a difference tour that followed
So a BIG thank you to all the team and I am very much looking forward to touring with everyone finding more about the work and initiatives across Highland and doing some make a difference talks together
Thank you team NHS Highland
With great thanks to Sandra Boldison Heads of Adult Services Support Team Families & Wellbeing Directorate Warrington Borough Council for the kind invite to give two talks to staff at
The Werburgh’s Development Centre Warrington
I had the great privilege to speak in Warrington last week at the Warrington Hospital Dementia Conference and I am very honoured to be invited back this time by Sandra and the adult service support team
There will be two talks 1pm and 3pm to an audience of Social Workers, care at home support teams and Adult Services Support Team Families & Wellbeing Directorate
Thank you Sandra and all concerned for the kind invite
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
With great thanks to mike Ramsay lecturer on mental Health at Dundee University for inviting me to speak to mental health nursing students earlier today . I had the great honor to speak there a few times last year to nursing , mental health and social care students
A big thank you to all the students for the time and kindness ,You can read all the pledges from today on our pledge site http://dementiacarervoices.wordpress.com/ after the weekend
Thank you Mike for the invite back
Monday, 20 October 2014
Sunday, 19 October 2014
Thank you My wee Blog about caring for mum reached 350,000 reads today - Just over 430,000 views including our films
This wee blog was started through Lonliness and a breaking HEART
THANK YOU For supporting and helping us through the good days and bad days
Thank you From a Son
With great thanks to Estelle Greenwood Project Facilitator Nursing Division (Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS trust ) City hospital Birmingham ,Dianneand all the team For the kind invite to speak At the Dementia theatre event held at the Wolfson Lecture Theatre at the hospital
I had the great privilege to speak speak back in January for Estelle at the same venue as part of the first Dementia theatre and I was very honored to be invited back again today
Today was very thought provoking and engaging a big thank you to all the team For today for the wonderful kindness and pledges ( I will post some photos and pledges from today on our pledge site later this week )
Below is a wee photo with Estelle and all the team you can also read the pledges from Januarys event
Thank you Estelle and all involved for the kindnesss
Saturday, 18 October 2014
I was having one of those mornings when this e mail from the wonderful kind Julie Sheen - proud RMN (newly qualified) arrived and made the biggest difference to my mood and day
I had the great privilege to meet Julie a last month at a student led conference at Teesside University
Julie's passion and enthusiasm made my heart smile
As I left that day Julie said she would be sharing ' make a difference ' as part of a talk she had soon
You can read the amazing story below
Thank you Julie for the kindness ,your story and for making a difference
Julie Sheen - proud RMN (newly qualified).
On 25th September 2014 I was asked to deliver a motivational speech to 280 new nursing students at The University of Chester as part of their induction week and was daunted to be met with the sight of 280 expectant faces looking back at me.
I was asked to tell them about my journey from depression to Downing Street, as I had been cared for in my past as a patient and now, as I won Nursing Standard Student Nurse of the Year and Student Nursing Times Care maker of the year, I was soon to visit 10 Downing Street at The invitation of the Prime Minister.
I was also encouraged to explain the yearlong-campaign I ran in partnership with my lecturer and the students union which was aimed at improving the mental wellbeing of students.
I wanted to explain what I had achieved and encourage their broader involvement with their University which would not only supplement their training, but would also develop them as people, which I feel would make them more effective practitioners of the future.
As I began to think about that I began to realise that it was not about encouraging them to do things so that they can receive shiny trophies, but very nice they are, however to inspire them to make a difference to others.
Therefore after outlining the above I spoke about three people who had inspired me recently: my lecturer Julie Dulson (the kind of nurse I aspire to be), Becky Lees who was the vice president of Chester Students Union and now student engagement officer (my critical friend and who encouraged me as a mature student with more ‘labels’ than you could imagine) and finally but certainly not last Tommy Whitelaw. I explained how Tommy was doing possibly a bigger and more important of a tour than John Bishop this year! After explaining how Tommy raises the extremely thought provoking issues re the day to day issues faced by carers of people who are experiencing dementia, I highlighted that every single student nurse will be part of someone’s dementia journey and the difference they can make to that journey.
I then asked them to do something inspirational right there andthen, which was to make their own quick pledge to carers, asking for even just one word even. I asked them to then hold up their pledges together and was delighted that now rather than the frightening hall full of faces I now saw a wonderful sight of pledges. This made me now inspired to make my own new pledge: “I pledge to turn the ‘sea’ of countless faces of healthcare from something daunting for carers to something supportive and caring”.
Having now typed up all of the 155 pledges I received back that day it stood out to be how many times the words ‘listen’ ‘care’ and ‘smile’ were repeated, if we all just followed those three words, I am sure we can Make a Difference.
Julie Sheen - proud RMN (newly qualified).
1. Listen and communicate compassion
3. Help People smile and laugh
5. Give them more support and listen to them to promote good care
6. To help people with dementia and carers by educating people who don’t know or fully understand; to bring awareness
7. Help raise awareness
8. To listen more and have more awareness of dementia
9. Be compassionate for good care and support everyone equally
12. Support and stability so that they are not alone
14. More support for those who are carers of people with dementia at home
15. I will listen to them
16. Raise awareness
18. Care and support
19. To always listen and to be a figure of support for anybody, from any walk of life, who is a carer for somebody with dementia
22. Consider THEIR views
23. Be there
24. Show patience
25. Empower and thank them
28. Make a difference
29. Raise awareness
31. Listen and support
32. Listen and smile
33. Give them someone to talk to
35. Raise awareness for the carers
36. Be there
37. Listen to them for advice
38. I will help other care workers to understand dementia
40. Raise awareness
41. Be patient
43. I will smile
44. I will support and learn to understand
45. Advocate or give them a voice
47. I will care and show compassion to all service users and carers affected by dementia
49. Raise awareness
50. Listen to them
52. Make them aware of the help available
53. Talk to them
55. Just listen
56. Give them time and spend quality time with them
57. Give them a voice
58. Fight for them and support them
59. Give them TLC and support
60. Put in passion and the 6Cs
61. Spend more time assisting carers for people with dementia. Become a dementia friend to widen my knowledge of dementia so that I can be more understanding of the condition
62. I will always take their needs in to account
63. Have empathy and encourage. Sit with them and listen.
64. Listen and support
65. Be a dementia friend
66. Learn and care
67. Give them a voice (a voice to make a change)
70. Give them a voice
72. Listen to them
73. Become a dementia friend
74. Be nice
75. Listen and support
76. Shoulder to cry on
77. Give them power to change a life
78. Make time to listen
79. Listen, talk, give time
80. I will become a dementia friend
82. Become a dementia friend
83. Talk about it and promote carers, make people aware of what carers do
85. Try to raise awareness
86. I will listen
87. Dignity (let them keep it) we are ALL human
88. Don’t be ageist
89. Treat them how you would like to be treat yourself
90. Support and care
92. Help them and make them smile
93. Smile and care
98. Love and listen
101. Be more understanding
102. More time, support and praise
103. Make time for them
104. Be polite and understanding
106. Show some understanding
107. Increase awareness
108. Protect and reassure
109. Take time to listen and understand
110. Be compassionate
111. Help it to be well known around the world to get better support and more people to listen for better quality of care
112. Use courage
113. Understand and empathise
114. To listen, to help, to support, to be there if needed
115. I will listen and show compassion
117. Have more patience and promote their independence in their job
119. More support so they have a voice
120. More support
123. Promote support
126. Gain more understanding
134. To listen and advocate
136. To be there. To have a friend and to listen, put in place what they need
141. Talk to them
142. Provide care with empathy and understanding
144. Be friendly and helpful
145. Be friendly with them and make them smile
152. Listen and understand