As part of Dementia Awareness Week, Dementia Carer Voices, a project managed by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE), are celebrating the launch of a pledge tree at Hairmyres Hospital on June 1st.
Dementia Carer Voices have embarked on a campaign entitled You Can Make a Difference over the last two years, and have gathered almost 10,000 pledges from Health and Social Care Professionals and students. ‘You Can Make a Difference’ offers carers of people with dementia a chance to have their stories told, encouraging participants to reflect on what they have learnt and pledge how they can make a difference to the lives of people with dementia and their carers.
Inspired by previous talks given by Project Engagement Lead Tommy Whitelaw about his experiences of caring for his late mum Joan Whitelaw, Hairmyres Hospital are going to create their own tree made from staff pledges. Everyone is welcome to participate in the launch of the pledge tree on the 1st June at 09:45, and to make their own pledge as part of the hospital’s Dementia Awareness Week activities.
Mairi-Louise Houldsworth, STAG Local Co-ordinator at Hairmyres Hospital said “With the launch of our Pledge Tree, Hairmyres Hospital makes further commitment to change and improvement in the care of those living with dementia. Hand in hand, staff and carers work together to see through the illness to the person within and to care for and nurture that individual. Join us in the hospital atrium during Dementia Awareness Week which runs from Tuesday 31st of May till Friday 3rd of June where we will have an information station set up. We invite you to add your pledges to ours and help us make the changes we want to see.”
The Dementia Carer Voices team will also be attending, speaking about the launch, Director Irene Oldfather said “This work reaches out and touches the hearts of many people, not least Health and Social Care students and professionals. These interactions are an ideal opportunity for staff to pause and reflect on what is really important to the people in their care. Make a pledge, make a difference.”