From the moment the Observer newspaper published Nicci's first article John's Campaign has received good advice, encouragement, and pledges of support from many people. One of the first to get involved was Julia's mother June Jones who wrote a letter which expressed her feeling as a person living with dementia. We are also very grateful for the understanding and support shown by users of Facebook and Twitter. Please keep on sharing!
One of the inspiring features of this campaign has been the readiness of individual nurses, nursing directors, psychologists, patients experience managers and others to implement the principles of welcome in their own hospitals and then share their experience with others. Gillian McAuley was the first to suggest the title of Ambassador for people who believe that John's Campaign has enhanced the life of their hospital and who want to encourage others to do the same. There are many others without whom the campaign would never have moved beyond the stage of being a lovely idea. This is not a closed shop: if you would like to be a John's Campaign Ambassador, please do get in touch.
Over 1500 hospitals and homes (and some others, such as ambulance trusts, clinical commissioning participants, domiciliary care companies, hospices and primary care providers) have pledged to support our principles of inclusion. We believe that people, particularly those with dementia, other mental illnesses, or otherwise in need of care, should not be separated from those important to them by protocols and systems that are harmful and wrong.
We are glad of support from other organisations which share our values and have their own particular aims and professional expertise. Sometimes this support has taken the form of a statement recognising and endorsing what we are trying to do; sometimes an organisation has shared its facilities or expertise or provided specialist advice. Often informal conversations have been mutually helpful and encouraging. Thank you to those who have engaged with us positively.