Invite to dementia talk at St Clare Hospice

Charity / Mon 22nd May 2017 at 12:22pm

Dement Talk

TO mark National Dementia Awareness Week (14th – 20th May) St Clare Hospice is inviting members of the public to attend a ‘Dementia Talk’ with a leading speaker in the field.

Tommy Whitelaw, a leading national dementia campaigner who has developed the ‘Dementia Carers Voices’ project, will be presenting a series of talks aimed at raising dementia awareness on Wednesday 7th June at the Hastingwood-based Hospice.

Tommy Whitelaw, from Glasgow, was a full time carer for his late mother Joan who was diagnosed with vascular dementia. Through supporting his mother, Tommy has become a well-known national campaigner raising awareness of the issues surrounding dementia. Tommy has already delivered over 550 talks reaching 80,000 people through ‘Dementia Carers Voices’.

Tommy said: “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.”

Tommy continued: “In developing the ‘Dementia Carers Voices’ project I have collected hundreds of life stories from people which detail their experiences of caring for a loved one living with dementia. I am delighted to have been invited to share this project at a series of talks at St Clare Hospice and look forward to engaging with people from across the health and social care sector, as well as members of the public, about both dementia and caring.”

St Clare Hospice’s Head of Education and Training, Jenny Breach, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Tommy to St Clare to speak to our staff, volunteers and members of the public, about the need for greater awareness around dementia. Dementia touches so many lives and as a leading organisation caring for people in the community of West Essex, we want to do more to help people affected by it. This event is open to the whole community and we want as many people as possible to benefit from attending what is set to be an inspiring talk from a passionate campaigner in the field.”

The ‘Dementia Talk’ will be taking place at St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood Road, Hastingwood, Essex, CM17 9JX on Wednesday 7 June. There are 3 time slots available: 09.30-11.00, 11.30-13.00 and 14.00-15.30. Entry is free but places are limited and must be booked in advance.

Contact the event organiser, Jenny Breach, on [email protected] or phone 01279 773744 to book your place.

To find out more about the Dementia Talk event, visit www.stclarehospice.org.uk/events

To find out more about Tommy Whitelaw and the ‘Dementia Carers Voices’ project, visit www.tommy-on-tour-2011.blogspot.co.uk

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