This week marks Carers Week 2015 , and as one of the biggest weeks in the year for the Dementia Carer Voices Project, the team have been around the country and on the airwaves in order to raise awareness of the caring experience and to make sure carers voices are heard. The team’s Project Engagement Lead Tommy Whitelaw featured as a guest on the Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2 on Monday to kick off Carers Week, as the first in a series of programmes which feature different carers sharing their experiences every day this week.
The show offered a fantastic platform to hear from carers themselves, including Tommy who spoke movingly and honestly about caring for his late mum, Joan. This struck a chord with many of the show’s 12 million listeners, who showed their support on social media, and indeed through calling in to the show. The show also featured clips from several carers who shared their journey in their own words, emphasising the emotional impact of caring and the need for more readily available support. Tommy took the opportunity to highlight ALISS as a key tool for people to access supports and services in their area, encouraging carers to look after their own health and wellbeing. The show also took calls from listeners who were caring or had cared for a loved one to voice their opinions and emotions and provided an important insight into the difficulties carers can face in their vital but demanding role.
The ALLIANCE’s Dementia Carer Voices project works to ensure that the voices of carers are heard and influence policy and practice. To find out more about the project please visit www.dementiacarervoices.wordpress.com or get in touch with the project team at firstname.lastname@example.org
To listen to the show, please visit www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05x7rxt