“Networking is a necessary part of keeping me alive on the campaigning trail”

“Networking is a necessary part of keeping me alive on the campaigning trail”

Agnes

“It’s the Scottish Caring Conference today. Oh how much I wanted to go there! To meet Tommy and meet some of my other friends. And I wanted to take another person with dementia, she’s just started on the campaign trail and she lives in Dundee. But alas, there was no places for us. We can’t afford to pay fees to get into these conferences. I did think about turning up, because I know the girls at the door and I go there quite a lot. In fact, this might be the only time I’ve not been there, the Scottish Caring Conference. But no, I think it would be impolite to do that. I really really wanted to touch base with a lot of my friends. I only get to see them about once a year. And others with the diagnosis of dementia, and others friends who have been friends for a long time, and help us campaign. It’s good networking. It’s so much more than just going to listen people speak. It’s a necessary part of keeping me alive on the campaigning trail. And not to go means it’s harder to campaign.

But the good news is, and I know this is long-winded, and I am long-winded now with my dementia. Takes me longer to get to the point. I got an iMessage from Yvonne, and she said “Agnes are you going to the conference?” And I say no, explaining, blah blah. And se says “Well I’ve been in touch with Tommy, our Tommy from the On Our Radar project!” And she’s made arrangements for me to have a coffee with him and her after the conference. So we’re going to travel, not get into the conference, but at least we’ll still have a chat with Tommy and find out how it was for him.”

Agnes Houston
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