Over the week Tommy will be updating us on each day of his Western Isles Tour over Dementia Awareness Week. Stay tuned to find out about his adventures and follow the #DAW2017 for more information.
I set off for Benbecula today for the start off our Dementia Carer Voices, Dementia Awareness Week Tour in partnership with NHS Western Isles.
I felt quite emotional as the plane took off as it was Dementia Awareness Week 2011 that I walked round Scottish towns and cities to collect letters, life and love stories from families living with dementia and carers, whilst caring for my own mum, Joan.
So to be touring the Western Isles for Dementia Awareness Week 2017 with our Dementia Carer Voices project feels very special and many memories have been evoked.
On arrival at Benbecula I was met by the wonderful Denise Symington, Patient Focus & Public Involvement and Elizabeth Selby, Dementia Nurse Consultant. NHS Western Isles who do such amazing work across the Western Isles and have put so much work in to making this possible.
It was midafternoon when I arrived we then headed to Taigh A’Chridhe Uile Naomh Care Home In South Uist to meet and chat with Christine McInnes and colleagues who work there. We had a great conversation, a tour of the care home and I am very proud to say launched a first pledge tree there, first of many I hope across the Western Isles.
Today was a wonderful start to be touring this beautiful country, these beautiful islands in the company of people who care passionately about others.
A wonderful day one and I can’t wait to see what day two brings.
Tommy and all the team at DCV 😊