Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Saturday, 22 October 2016
In 2011 Tommy produced a short film in conjunction with Alzheimer Scotland. The video, which was later shown at the Scottish Parliament, includes families and carers reading from the letters they sent him during his dementia awareness tour of Scotland’s towns and cities. To view the FILM http://tv.enterprisescreen.co.uk/watch?v=347
Interview for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Patients’ Stories Library
The NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde's Patients' Stories Library for Hospital Staff aims to use patients’ and carers’ experiences to look at how acute services can be improved.
Tommy shared his story with frontline staff working across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, including the Ward staff that cared for his mother at the Southern General hospital. His film interview was also shown across a number of NHSGGC hospital sites during Carers Week 2013 to help raise awareness amongst staff about the importance of supporting carers in contributing to delivering person centred care. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36_Y_3y0yXM
It’s Ok to Ask for Help!
The It’s Ok to Ask DVD produced by NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Glasgow City Council, The Alliance and Alzheimer Scotland uses carers’ experiences to highlight the benefits of using carer support services in Glasgow, and encourages people to ask for help. Tommy Whitelaw, Alliance Scotland, shares experiences of looking after a partner, parent, relative, friend or neighbour with dementia. Other carers tell us about help they get from support services in Glasgow. FILM http://youtu.be/u2BAxSCcic0
'On the Couch' with Tommy Whitelaw filmed interview NHS Scotland Conference June 2015
Speaking Care Inspectorate Seminar
Published on 7 Nov 2013
Tommy recently spoke to our inspection team to talk about his experiences of caring for his mum Joan Whitelaw, who died last year after living with dementia for several years. He spoke about the difficulties he had getting the right services for his mum at the right time and how this led him to take his dementia awareness campaign "On Tour"
Friday, 21 October 2016
Thursday, 20 October 2016
Tuesday, 11 October 2016
My wee blog that started when caring for my kind mum Joan, our films, produced to share our story has now reached 1 Million reads, film views and meeting people in person at talks on the tour.
I want to thank everyone from my heart who has taken the time to read, share, attend a talk, send a letter or comment for the great kindness and support.
This kindness and support played such a big part in helping my mum living with dementia and myself as a son and carer and has continued to do so till this day as project engagement lead at dementia carer voices
When I first started caring for mum, I thought my mum was the only person living with dementia and I was the only carer. I was soon to find out how far from true that this was
The blog and subsequent talks and tour enlightened our lives and introduced us to so many inspiring, caring and kind people and for that I shall be eternally grateful
Someone asked me a few months back,
what did I learn caring for my mum living with dementia?
The answer is a lesson my mum tried to teach me all my life, that people are kind and caring and if you take time to listen this will become clear. I wish I would have listened much sooner in life,but I suppose my mum was still helping right through to the last day
Thank you from my heart for reading my blog, for watching the films, for coming to the talks, for the letters, lessons and kindness along the way
People are amazing and I am glad to have met so many along the way
Thank you for caring