Six Degrees, Southwood House,
Greenwood Business Centre,
Regent Rd, Salford
Monday – Friday
9:00 – 5:00
Phil McEvoy (PhD, RMN)Managing Director Six Degrees Social Enterprise CIC
I am the Managing Director of Six Degrees Social Enterprise, a Community Interest Company based in Salford. In 30 years of work as a Mental Health Nurse and I have worked across the full range of services in primary and secondary care, as a front line clinician and manager. Throughout this time I have maintained active research interest, which focuses upon the development of relationally centred approaches to service delivery, based on the psychodynamically informed principles care.
• Member of INTERDEM pan-European network of researchers collaborating in research on and dissemination of Psychosocial Interventions in Dementia
• Member of the Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria Clinical Senate
• Trustee of charity the Transform Research Alliance
• Author of more than 30 published articles and book chapters
Emma Smith (MSc, BA)Project Manager
I have over 15 years’ experience of project start-up, management and delivery gained across the environmental and health and social care sector in Manchester and Salford.
I am passionate about investing my energy, time and enthusiasm in to the social enterprise sector and I’m proud to work and live in Salford. For the past 4 years I have directed my career towards working more and more with people living with dementia and those affected by dementia.
Director – Empower You – supporting disabled people and those around them to lead more active lives.
Director – Adventure Awaits – Rock Over Climbing
Lydia Morris (PhD, ClinPsyD)Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist
I have over 10-years experience of clinical practice and research in Salford and Greater Manchester. I trained as a Clinical Psychologist (ClinPsyD) and then pursued my increasing interest in research by doing a PhD (both the ClinPsyD and PhD were at the University of Manchester). In the past 6-years I have focused on research developing psychological interventions.
I am committed to developing helpful interventions that improve services and better meet peoples’ needs. I am excited by the opportunity to use my skills to develop and evaluate the Empowered Conversations approach to meet the needs of those living with dementia and their carers.
Angela RyanProject Support
I started working with Six Degrees over 3 years ago as an Admin Assistant and after 12 months I began working with the Empowered Conversations Team.
Since then I have completed the online Understanding Dementia Course and have attended the Empowered Conversations Carer’s Course.
I feel privileged to be a part of the Empowered Conversations team who all show their enthusiasm, dedication and professionalism in whatever they are doing. Empowered Conversations has developed so much in the last two years, I’m excited to see where it goes next!
Dr Margaret Garner (MRCGP, MMedSci child health, MMT (Nordoff Robbins) Music, Health, Society)Facilitator
I trained as a doctor and have worked in Greater Manchester and Salford for 35 years as a community paediatrician and as a GP, before graduating as a Music Therapist in 2015.
I now work as a Music Therapist with Aspire at the Humphrey Booth Resource Centre in Swinton, Salford, with carers and people living with dementia. I am supported by a grant from Booth Charities.
I facilitate courses for Empowered Conversations with Six Degrees Social Enterprise CIC. I am also developing a related, music–centred course. Qualities of music- pulse, dynamics and phrasing- are also inherent qualities of spoken language. ‘Playing’ with these qualities within music making can illuminate our understanding of other forms of communication, both verbal and non-verbal.
I want to help carers and people living with dementia enhance their communication with each other and sustain their relationships; key factors in improving their quality of life.
I am passionate about movement and wellness and to this end taught Physical Education in secondary schools for eight years and led outdoor adventure activities for teenagers in the UK and abroad. More recently I retrained as a Physiotherapist and have worked for the last ten years within the NHS in Stroke rehabilitation. This has allowed my interest and passion for wellbeing in dementia to develop and also made me keenly aware for the need for supportive training such as Empowered Conversations.
I first discovered the Empowered Conversations course when I took part as a participant in 2017 to support my professional role and also my communication with my own mum who was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2015. I immediately understood and experienced at a practical personal level the value of the course. I was delighted to be invited to complete training in order to join the team and deliver the course to others across Greater Manchester.
I started with Six degrees as a volunteer 18 months ago on the Empowered conversations project. During this time i had the opportunity to become a permanent member of the team in the admin department for Six degrees and Empowered Conversations as a co facilitator.
I have completed an online Understanding Dementia Course and now volunteer for Dementia Support Services – Age UK Salford. Volunteering has built up my understanding of how dementia affects people – those living with the disease and their family and friends. I am thrilled to be part of this project and excited to see what the future has in store for Empowered conversation.
The University of SalfordInstitute for Dementia
The University of Salford’s Institute for Dementia is an international research institute engaged in research, innovation, enterprise, education and engagement work. The focus of this work is enabling people whose lives are affected by dementia to live well.
The University of Salford is a key research partner for the Big Lottery project – Delivery of emPoWereD conversations course for family carers affected by dementia across Greater Manchester and we also have a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) funded with the University by Innovate UK.