Next Sunday I will be heading to Sydney to meet up with Gill Phillips, the creator and owner of Whose Shoes. Not so long ago, she was one of my axe murdering Imaginary friends!! We are working together in three states, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide towards creating change in practice, in particular in the area of dementia and health care, and also about the power and value of social media and blogging.
Gill’s website says;
“It is all about health and social care reforms, ensuring we all work together for excellence with the person… in the centre.
Are you keen to
- Engage people in delivering public services in more creative ways?
- Promote person-centred practice, independence and choice?
- Get people to ‘think outside the box’ and work across boundaries?
- Challenge attitudes and assumptions?
- Explore ways to improve quality of life AND save money?
- Continually improve your practice?
If the answer to any of these is ‘yes’, Whose Shoes?® will move you forward.”
Our work in Sydney is with individuals and small groups. Beyond this we have workshops in Melbourne, with this one being available to the public:
Registration details for the three workshops in South Australia:
10 December, 10am – Salisbury https://whoseshoes.eventbrite.com.aua
10 December, 2pm – Adelaide https://www.eventbrite.com.au/event/7093614191, hosted by The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI)
11 December, 10am – Murray Mallee Aged Care Group training room 2 a, Myall Ave Murray Bridge, Registrations via Gary Sawyer firstname.lastname@example.org or 08 85391156, 0409 695239
Gill and I are very synchronised, both in our dream to improve social and health care, and in our approach to life and humour. For two people who have really only met in real life once, it is remarkable, but I believe if we sit back enough and allow it to happen, the universe will support and provide us with what we need, friends, colleagues, experiences and even love.
During these workshops, we will also be talking about blogging and social media, and will be sure to include this advice Conference hashtags: don’t forget the people in the room. Gill recently sent in an Abstract on our behalf to present about social media at conferences for the Alzheimer’s Disease International conference in Puerto Rico next year, so for two old middle aged chooks, we’re on top of it! Gill in particular is a bit of a social media Queen, and has us all rushing to tweet more often just to keep up.
We are both getting very excited about spending time together, as well as working together, and I look forward to reporting on our joint venture. Please register if you can, and have not already, or pass onto your networks.
Follow us on twitter @KateSwaffer and @WhoseShoes We are both very excited and determined to make a real difference.
What we can’t do alone, we CAN do together.