Dementia Carer Voices are delighted to announce that we will be jointly producing a film with NHS Ayrshire and Arran and the University of the West of Scotland to capture the ‘You Can Make a Difference‘ campaign. The initiative asks people to reflect on carer’s personal stories and experience and later make a pledge based on one key message or action that they will take away and apply to their everyday practice to make a difference.
This new venture will build on the work already done in partnership with NHS Ayrshire and Arran, which has involved over 10 talks to staff at NHS Ayrshire and Arran hospitals. A further 2 talks will be taking place at the University of the West of Scotland Ayr campus, in a bid to connect with people at every stage of their career. There has been a fantastic response from all those the team has engaged with, and over 200 pledges have been received so far from NHS Ayrshire and Arran staff alone. Filming is already underway and will continue to capture some of these pledges being made, along with the stories behind them, and an insight from the team at NHS Ayrshire and Arran.
The film represents an exciting opportunity to capture the emotion of the tour, to emphasise the importance of peoples’ stories and to showcase the way in which individuals can indeed make a difference.
Tommy Whitelaw, Dementia Carer Voices Project Engagement Lead said
“I am really excited to be part of this partnership between NHS Ayrshire and Arran, Alliance Scotland, Dementia Carer Voices and University West of Scotland Ayr campus.
There is much more to do and capture over the next weeks, and we are all very much looking forward to doing our best to represent the pledges and passion we have received and witnessed across NHS Ayrshire and Arran over the last months.”
Irene Oldfather, Director, the ALLIANCE, said
“Staff from across NHS Ayrshire and Arran and UWS have enthusiastically embraced the ‘You Can Make a Difference’ campaign, with partners involved in both filming and learning. This collaboration demonstrates how partnership across academic, statutory and Third sector can bring added value to support the Citizen voice.
It also shows that culture change can emerge from strong leadership, matched by a commitment to improvement and innovation. I hope that in the coming months the benefits to patients, students and staff can be demonstrated.”