The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland’s (the ALLIANCE) Dementia Carer Voices Project Engagement Lead, Tommy Whitelaw, will be holding a series of talks in conjunction with NHS Western Isles from 31st May to 3rd June. The talks are aimed at raising awareness for people with dementia and their carers.
The programme highlights the role of carers as experts and how they should be recognised for the value that they bring to the life of their loved ones and society. It empowers carers by providing information based on the Charter of Rights and Carers Strategy about caring for someone with dementia, and captures experiences of carers across Scotland to help inform future policy and service provision.
ALLIANCE Director, Irene Oldfather said,
“We are delighted to be invited back to give talks in the Western Isles. This project reaches out and touches the hearts of so many people, not least the health and social care professionals who attend the talks and make their pledges. 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.”
“My motivation as a carer came from the love I had for my mum and I would do it all again in a heartbeat, but my experience has shown me just how tough it is to live with dementia and how many struggles it can bring. I felt passionately that no one should have to face the confusion, loneliness and isolation and my passion to raise awareness of dementia and its impact on families has grown even stronger since my mum’s passing.”
|Talks and events:
Barra: Wednesday 31st May – Meet and Greet Carers and people with Dementia. 1.30pm-2.30pm at Cobhair Bharraigh, Castlebay.*
Uist: Thursday 1st June – Carers Morning Tea. 10.30am-11.30am at Sacred Heart House, Daliburgh.
Harris: Thursday 1st June – Staff and Carers Tea. 7.00pm-8.00pm Harris House, Tarbert.
Lewis: Friday 2nd June – talk followed by Ceilidh 1.00 pm-2.30pm in Erisort Ward, Western Isles Hospital, Stornoway.
Lewis: Saturday 3rd June – A Memory March, hosted by Alzheimer Scotland, will be held to take place from 2pm at the Bridge Centre, Stornoway.
*Due to the tragic circumstances of the attack in Manchester, we have decided to cancel Tommy’s talk in Barra. Our thoughts and condolences go to those affected.