The Make a Difference campaign has been taken forward by many individuals who have shared the campaign and actively encouraged others to do so. Claire Mills, who is the manager of Anam Cara Dementia Respite Services organised an incredible day in October 2015 to inspire people to make a pledge to make a difference.
They hosted an afternoon tea session where Tommy gave an awareness talk, followed by a question and answer session where people had a chance to ask questions but in a more relaxed and informal setting. To make room for their adapted housing, the centre had to have cherry trees cut down, and have hired a woodcarver to make a huge jigsaw spelling out Anam Cara with each letter made up of engraved pledges using the wood from these trees, celebrating their commitment to making a difference and encouraging people to participate.
In February 2016 Project Engagement Lead Tommy was invited back to unveil the permanent pledge tree wall at the respite service. It is great to see the impact of our ‘You Can Make a Difference’ campaign and that services such as Anam Cara have adopted the the principles that everyone can make a difference to a person with dementia, their family, and carer.