‘Making Waves’ beckons in National Dignity Action Day

Telford and Wrekin CCG will be supporting National Dignity Action Day this year (Thursday,1 February 2018) by ‘Making Waves’ for Dignity. 

Kathy George, Named Nurse for Adult Safeguarding, from the CCG explained:


“We want to encourage everyone to participate and celebrate dignity by joining in with us by creating a wave as a signal of our support.


“Among the most important human needs is the desire for respect and dignity. That need doesn't change when a person becomes ill or disabled. Indeed, it may grow even stronger. There are many things you can do to make sure the person in our community receives the respect and dignity that is every person's basic human right.’

‘Making waves’ can have many different meanings for many different people. It will be great if we all accept the challenge to make waves every time we see a need.


“No matter how small even if all you can do is simply smile, wave, and say hello, it will make a difference and show people that you care.


“At Telford and Wrekin CCG we will be making and filming a ‘Mexican Wave’ to launch this event and we will share it online via Twitter and You Tube.


“We will also be visiting our local care providers to make waves and promote Dignity in Care during the first week in February to uphold people's rights to dignity and provide a truly memorable day for people who use care services.”


All members of our diverse community across the borough can be part of the fun, simply pick and choose one of the wave suggestions below, or you can think of your own way to mark the day to demonstrate our local diversity.


• Smile and Wave to say hello to someone you don’t usually speak to
• Mexican Wave – People or organisations can perform the ‘Mexican wave’ and if possible video the event and share it with us.
• Airwaves – Singing; recite a poem; do some exercise
• Waves of laughter – always the best medicine. Share a funny story or tell a joke
• Parachute Waves – Using a big circle of material: Make small, medium, or large movements to make various types of waves.
• Wave your arms – armchair or bed exercises for those in care settings. Get people to wave their hands. Ask them of what dignity means to them and make a record of their responses.
• Hair waves – Pamper sessions for clients in care settings. This can include hair waves, hand massages, manicures and the like.
• Waves of Hope – Give up some time to help someone, even if it’s only a moment.
• Thought Waves – Take some time to think - what does dignity mean to you and how can you make a difference?
• Waves of Change – Make a personal commitment to do something different to make a change to the lives of people you encounter.
• Waves of influence – Spread the message


If you have a Twitter account, please share your short videos/or photographs with us by linking it to the CCG Twitter account @telfordccg #makingwaves.


Alternatively, share them with us via https://wetransfer.com/ - a free way to send files -and we will upload them onto our CCG Twitter account.


Angela Turner, Quality Lead Integrated Care added:


“‘Making waves’ can have many different meanings for many different people. Among the most important human needs is the desire for respect and dignity. That need doesn't change when a person becomes ill or disabled. Indeed, it may grow even stronger. There are many things you can do to make sure the person in our community receives the respect and dignity that is every person's basic human right.’ It will be great if we all accept the challenge to make waves every time we see a need.”


For more information visit: www.dignityincare.org.uk/Dignity-in-Care-events/Dignity_Action_Day