Celebrating People, Places and 18,000 Pledges to Make a Difference

Section: People and NetworksType: News Item Date Published: 16th April 2018

The Dementia Carer Voices team has received its 18,000th pledge to make a difference.

The Dementia Carer Voices team would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has made a pledge, and everyone we have met along the way so far on our You Can Make a Difference campaign. We are absolutely delighted to have now received 18,000 pledges!

This is a wonderful milestone to reach and would not be possible without the commitment and passion of everyone who attends our talks, reads about our campaign and pledges to make a difference to the lives of people with dementia and their carers. We have reached over 120,000 people across more than 700 talks and have met so many remarkable people so far.

These 18,000 pledges are from a personal perspective so each of them is unique and from the heart. 18,000 people have stopped and reflected on what they can do in their lives to make a difference. And no matter what your role, everyone has the potential to transform the lives and experiences of people with dementia and their carers, often in seemingly small ways.

We are really proud to be able to work with the Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland Professor Fiona McQueen (this link will take you away from our website), and the Chief Nursing Officer for England Professor Jane Cummings (this link will take you away from our website), sharing key messages from both and feeding back on the aims and outcomes of the people we have met.

You can read all of the pledges we have received so far on our website, as well as our pledge case studies, most recent publication and 5 Steps to Change resource.

The campaign will continue throughout the year. If you have been inspired to make a pledge yourself, you can email us at We’d love to hear how you plan to make a difference!

Commenting on this huge milestone, our UK Lead Tommy Whitelaw said that ‘it has been a remarkable experience meeting so many inspirational people who do so many incredible things. We are inspired by the pledges and how people have been turning their good intentions into purposeful action.”

ALLIANCE Director Irene Oldfather added that “these 18,000 pledges demonstrate Dementia Carer Voice’s ability to create a social movement for change by raising knowledge, understanding and awareness of living with dementia whilst promoting person-centred rights-based care to enhance the lives of people living with dementia.”

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