Category Archives: education

Let’s harness the power of “invisible hordes” – together we can build a better future!

About a year ago, Helen Bevan compared me to Lois Weisburg. @WhoseShoes Gill, I think you're the Lois Weisburg of Coventry. You are an extraordinary connector of people http://t.co/3oFNJufHYt — Helen Bevan (@helenbevan) August 11, 2013 @WhoseShoes I meant it … Continue reading

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The energy is building as West Kent embraces dementia friendly communities!

Thank you to all of you who have been following our Dementia Friendly Communities project in West Kent, in partnership with four local branches of Age UK, sponsored by West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group. We are using new bespoke Whose … Continue reading

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In the shoes of… Barbara Hodkinson | Founder of the Butterfly Scheme – 10 years on

I am delighted to publish this guest blog by Barbara Hodkinson, Founder of the Butterfly Scheme, to mark the ten year anniversary of this important contribution to personalised care for people living with dementia. I think Barbara will be thrilled … Continue reading

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In the shoes of … | Sandra and Margaret Springett. Tweeting and blogging changes lives…

A lovely ‘double’ guest blog today by Sandra Springett (@SandraSpringett) and her mother-in law, Margaret (@MSpring149), sharing how Margaret began tweeting and blogging and the difference it has made. Regular readers will recognise Sandra’s name as the mastermind behind our Whose Shoes? programme … Continue reading

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In the shoes of … | Shahana Ramsden, Patient and Public Voice Manager, NHS England, looking forward to the Open House…

I am delighted to publish a new guest blog today by Shahana Ramsden, with news of the forthcoming NHS England ‘Open House Days’. Shahana’s bubbly memories of her childhood remind me of the lovely guest blog by Anne Cooper. Shahana addresses how … Continue reading

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Well done dementia-friendly Waitrose in… Paddock Wood! Local information is good :)

Last week our Whose Shoes?® workshops in Kent were switching between Tunbridge Wells and Malling – we are using different facilitators, different venues, days of the week and times of day, but maintaining the same energy and passion to make connections … Continue reading

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Whose Shoes? helps launch Dementia Friendly Tunbridge Wells in Dementia Awareness Week!

We are delighted with the progress of our Whose Shoes?® sessions in Kent, using special new co-produced scenarios to promote ‘Dementia Friendly’ communities. By this we mean communities where people who happen to be living with dementia are respected and valued and … Continue reading

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How would you feel if you had dementia?

Graphic by Ken Howard Last week I gave a  talk at a dementia conference at Temple Balsall church with Ken Howard. And of course he was the star of the show… Ken talked about his diagnosis and how the experience … Continue reading

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We have lift off – the first of our 16 Dementia Friendly West Kent sessions!

On Wednesday evening, we held the first of our community-based Whose Shoes?® sessions in West Kent. You may remember that a short time ago we held an oversubscribed ‘launch event’, aimed at firing up some interest in the project. Well it certainly worked. The session was … Continue reading

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All systems go! Launch of Whose Shoes? Dementia Friendly West Kent!

THE START OF A FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Did you follow the launch of our Dementia Friendly Communities project in Kent? Last week’s blog, describing the build up to the project, has attracted a lot of interest. @WhoseShoes Excellent … Continue reading

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