Category Archives: social media

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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#Woopdedoodle!* The top 50 ‘HSJ Inspirational Women, 2014′.

The last couple of weeks have been a complete rollercoaster for me with one of the highest ‘highs’ and lowest ‘lows’ of my life within a 24 hour period. I have been very moved by the response to my tribute to … Continue reading

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“Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans” – my tribute to my dear friend Lindsay

I chose this title, taken from the song ‘Beautiful Boy’,  because I remember vividly how completely gutted I was when John Lennon died. I remember the stuffy senior manager at work who thought I was on another planet. It just … Continue reading

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In the (exceptionally purple) shoes of… Alison Cameron, #boatrocker extraordinaire!

Regular readers of my blog series and followers on Twitter will know the name of Alison Cameron and share my huge admiration for her. In July 2013, I published in two parts her powerful, moving and indeed unforgettable story: Part … Continue reading

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Ken Howard says you CAN live well with dementia. Building on our NHS Change Day campaign pledge!

Ken Howard has important messages to share about living well with dementia and we need to listen. Ken has already shared a wonderful blog, detailing his twelve personal coping strategies. Today he wants to say a big “Thank you” to … 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 … | 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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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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