Lostock Lodge welcomes Tommy Whitelaw for dementia carers talk
For five years Tommy Whitelaw was a full-time carer for his late mother Joan who had Vascular Dementia, and in 2011 Tommy undertook a walk around Scotland’s towns and cities to collect hundreds of life story letters detailing the experiences of individuals caring for a loved one living with dementia.
Tommy on Tour
Since then, he has engaged with thousands of carers through his ‘Tommy on Tour’ blog and as UK Project Lead with the Health and Social Care Alliance’s Dementia Carer Voices project, conducting frequent talks to health and social care professionals and carer organisations across Scotland, to raise awareness of the impact of dementia on families and the importance of empowering carers in carrying out their difficult but vital role. The project’s ‘You Can Make A Difference’ campaign has now reached roughly 180,000 people across 900 talks, collecting 23,500 pledges to make a difference.
Tommy's passion for his work and the Dementia Carer Voices Project has not gone unnoticed, sharing key messages at talks for and in partnership with Professor Fiona McQueen, Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland and Professor Jane Cummings, the recently retired Chief Nursing Officer for England.
- He was the winner of the 'Age Scotland Jess Barrow Award' in 2013;
- Finalist Campaigner of the year 2013 for 'The Herald Scottish Politician of the Year Awards;
- Awarded the NHSGGC Chairman’s Ambassador Award 2013;
- In 2015, Tommy was awarded the 'British Citizen’s Medal for Services to Healthcare';
- Tommy was a finalist for the Kate Granger awards 2016;
- Received an Honorary Master of the Open University for Health, Social Care, Education and Policymaking influence.
Dementia Carer Talk
Join us at Lostock Lodge Care Home to hear Tommy speak about caring for his mother Joan and the pledges campaign.
Monday 14th October 2019 2.30pm
See full details on our Facebook page here.