Carol França, Campaigning Officer, tells Dementia together magazine about the difference that people make when we come together and mobilize.
The power of campaigns
I joined the Society less than a year ago, but I’ve been working in campaigns for much longer. I’m still astonished at how people in the UK are so mobilised when it comes to helping others.
Some people can be sceptical about campaigning, thinking that signing a petition or sending an email is just a way to make us feel better about ourselves. However, I’ve seen just how powerful it can be when people come together to take action.
'I’ve seen just how powerful it can be when people come together to take action.'
In a previous role, I worked on a campaign to release a boy in Nigeria who was on death row for supposedly stealing mobile phones. After hundreds of people targeted the state governor on Facebook, the boy was pardoned and he is now a free man.
I’ve seen just how powerful it can be when people come together to take action.
I’m proud of more recent examples from Alzheimer’s Society’s campaigns. At last autumn’s political party conferences, several MPs told us they were learning more about dementia at our stands because their constituents – you – had asked them to.
Earlier last year, the Chief Executive of NHS England committed to act on our recommendations to improve dementia care in hospitals after being emailed by 10,000 people, many of whom read this magazine. Alzheimer’s Society has a strong reputation among decision-makers. It is our supporters who give us this strength, by joining forces to demand a fairer deal.
Right now, we are calling on the government to fix the broken homecare system for people with dementia.
Join the thousands who have already signed our petition by adding your name at alzheimers.org.uk/fixdementiacare