About

Dementia Carer Voices, managed by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) is a Scottish Government funded project to 2018 to engage with Health and Social Care professionals and students to promote a fuller understanding of the carer journey, provide a platform where carers can express their views and experiences of caring for a loved one with dementia and to harness the awareness raising activity undertaken by Tommy Whitelaw.

The project:

  • Captures the experiences of carers across Scotland with a view to informing future policy and service provision;
  • Raises awareness of the issues around caring for someone with dementia including among health and social care professionals, students and the wider public;
  • Highlights the role of carers as experts, who should be recognised for the value that they bring to the life of their loved ones and to society as a whole; carers as people with needs; carers as people with independent lives;
  • Empowers carers by providing information based on the Charter of Rights and Carers Strategy about caring for someone with dementia.

Dementia Carer Voices engages with Health and Social Care professionals to highlight the importance of a person-centred approach to dementia care, with carers as equal partners. If you would like to organise an event for your staff or colleagues, please contact dementiacarervoices@alliance-scotland.org.uk .

About the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE)

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The ALLIANCE is the national third sector intermediary for a range of health and social care organisations. The ALLIANCE has over 1,900 members including large, national support providers as well as small, local volunteer-led groups and people who are disabled, living with long term conditions or providing unpaid care. Many NHS Boards are associate members and many health and social care professionals are Professional Associates. Commercial organisations may also become Corporate Associates.

The ALLIANCE has three core aims; we seek to:

  • Ensure people are at the centre, that their voices, expertise and rights drive policy and sit at the heart of design, delivery and improvement of support and services;
  • Support transformational change, towards approaches that work with individual and community assets; helping people to stay well, supporting human rights, self management, co-production and independent living;
  • Champion and support the third sector as a vital strategic and delivery partner and foster better cross-sector understanding and partnership.

For more information, visit www.alliance-scotland.org.uk

5 comments on “About
  1. […] and heartfelt account of his experience of caring for his mum Joan, who had vascular dementia. Dementia Carer Voices is one of the many projects Tommy is involved with as part of his work for the Health and Social […]

  2. Linda Elliott says:

    The project ..’highlights the role of carers as natural resources’. What on earth do you mean by this?

    Carers are people who have found themselves in an unenviable situation through no fault of their own. In looking after someone with dementia they will require huge support from the state. They are perfectly capable of highlighting this themselves.
    They will find that support is not available. THIS is what needs highlighting.

    • Dear Linda,

      I’d like to thank you for your comment on our website and bringing to our attention the wording of one of our bullet points, which can come across as insensitive. We’ve now changed this to ‘Highlights the role of carers as experts, who should be recognised for the value that they bring to the life of their loved ones and to society as a whole; carers as people with needs; carers as people with independent lives’.
      I hope you find this more appropriate, if you’d like to discuss this further please get in contact with us by emailing dementiacarervoices@alliance-scotland.org.uk or calling 0141 404 0233

  3. […] improvement is not in controlling, it is in unleashing.” For me this really sums up the work of Dementia Carer Voices ‘You Can Make a Difference’ campaign. The work we do is about unleashing not in controlling […]

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