You Can Make A Difference


Dementia Carer Voices

You Can Make a Difference Campaign

Tommy Whitelaw-JG

“Carers tell us that a little bit of time, listening and understanding can make an unimaginable difference during what can be a very difficult and lonely journey. No matter what your role, you have the potential to transform the lives and experiences of people with dementia and their carers.” Tommy

Make a pledge – Make a difference

How will you make a difference?


We aim to ensure that carers have their voices heard, their rights and caring role are recognised by those who play a part in the journey and that real life experience influences health and social care policy, culture and practice. Having heard the stories of Tommy and other carers we want to ask those working in Health and Social Care services:

What one thing will you take away and change in order to make a difference to the lives of people with dementia and their carers?

You can send your pledge to us via email  to We will be collating the pledges and publishing them on the home page of this website so please be sure to let us know your name and role. If, however you prefer for your pledge to remain anonymous, please indicate this in your response.

Here are some pledges that we have already received:

“I pledge to listen with open ears and and open heart.”

“I pledge to view the person I care for as all that they have been, they are and all that they can be.”

“I pledge to take the time to speak to the person’s family and provide support to make their lives as fulfilling as possible.”

We would like to thank our partner organisations from across the sector showing their support for the campaign, and helping to spread the message that “You Can Make A Difference.”




The Promoting Excellence Framework, developed by NHS Education for Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council is a resource that will help you to enhance the knowledge, skills and values you use when working with people who are living with dementia. Click here for further information.


35 comments on “You Can Make A Difference
  1. Lorna Combe says:

    I pledge with all my heart to support the person and their family. By listening and the knowledge i have learned can hopefully help them to understand.

  2. […] You Can Make A Difference […]

  3. […] Tommy has had lots of pledges from Dumfries and Galloway and it’s not too late… You can still pledge online at […]

  4. […] been of great support to me both personally and to our Dementia Carer Voices project and to our You Can Make a Difference Tour over 2014 – 2015; speaking at hospitals, universities, colleges and in local communities […]

  5. […] Tommy Whitelaw from Dementia Carer Voices truly spoke from the heart about his experience of dementia as a carer for his mum Joan. His words were so heartfelt, it was difficult not to get emotional. Dementia Carer Voices promotes a fuller understanding of the carer journey and provides a platform where carers can express their views and experiences of caring for a loved one with dementia. Tommy called on us to write a pledge by answering this question: What one thing will you take away and change in order to make a difference to the lives of people with dementia and their carers? I’ll be making my pledge, you can make yours here! […]

  6. […] we are inspired by the You Can Make a Difference pledge going on at Dementia Carer Voices. The pledge […]

  7. […] To find out more about how to make a pledge visit the ALLIANCE’s Dementia Carer Voices website […]

  8. […] Dementia Carer Voices has now gathered over 4500 personal pledges as part of the “You Can Make a Difference” campaign. The campaign encourages people to listen to the experiences of people who have cared for a loved one with dementia and to think how they can make a positive difference in people’s lives. The team are delighted to have gotten such a strong response, and would like to take this opportunity to reflect on our journey up until now and how we have gotten to this point. […]

  9. StoriiCare says:

    This is a truly inspiring campaign with such a great message to spread – we wish you all the best!

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