Empowered Conversations brings you interactive talks from those affected by dementia and from nationally recognised experts.


It is more important than ever that practitioners, academics and people with lived experience feel supported and informed to enable people living with dementia to continue to live the life they want for longer.

So the Empowered Conversations are launching the ‘In Conversation With” virtual series; hosting interactive talks from nationally recognised experts and speakers to bring hearts and minds together and improve outcomes for people living with dementia.

Our first conversation was on Wednesday 13th May with Dr Lydia Morris sharing findings from her three-year research study in to Empowered Conversations. Lydia will be joined by Dr Phil McEvoy (Six Degrees), Dr Margaret Garner (Music Therapist and Facilitator with Empowered Conversations) and Martin Philips (attended Empowered Conversations and carers for his wife).

For anyone who missed Lydia’s talk – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htoCM1JpFWY

Our second conversation was on Monday 18th May  with Dr Esther Ramsay-Jones who shared potential space in the experience of dementia: A short exploration of the benefit of play, in a therapeutic sense, and how it can be a way into intimate relating.

If you would like a copy of Esther’s book – Holding Time: Human Need and Relationships, there is a discount code available – POWER30 – for attendees offering £3 off the RRP plus free shipping on this website: https://freeassociationpublishing.com/

If you missed Esther’s talk –  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SO5DzN6hLTM&t=10s

A Conversation with … Dr Jack Wilson : Analysing the Language of Dementia Diaries. Jack will provide a unique perspective on the language used by the diarists and, through this, the representations of people living with dementia by people living with dementia.

If you missed Jack’s talk – sorry tape recorder didn’t work!  We might revisit his work in a future seminar!

A Conversation with … Professor Alison Wray, Paul Earl, Anna Kwartz and Dr Phil McEvoy : Reading between the lines in dementia communication. It’s not always easy to make sense of why someone with a dementia has said what they have. But reflecting a little on what communication is for and how it works can shed light on how best to respond in situations like that.

If you missed Alison’s talk – https://youtu.be/_0WJQb997o4

A Conversation with … Dr Natalie Yates-Bolton : Interactions : the smallest moments of connection. Considering why the smallest moments of connections can be so important when connecting with someone who has dementia.

If you missed Natalie’s talk – youtu.be/A8uerZ4TBi8

A Conversation with … Amanda Barrell and Rachel Yates Hoyles (Empowered Carers), Tim Welch and Joe Kelly (family carers), Stephen Woods (Commissioner) and John Chatwin (Researcher): Connecting Carers : Exploring the use of online sessions to create a new space for carers to support and connect with each other.

If you missed this talk – https://youtu.be/U4Df_axZMQQ

A Conversation with … Damian Murphy – The Getting Along Programme – Support for Couples.  Damian shared reports on initial pilots of the programme in York, and got people thinking more about equipping people where they spend most of their time which is NOT in our services, clinics or cafes.

If you missed this talk – https://youtu.be/Ieu72W0AXYk

A Conversation with … Dr John Zeisel – Engagement Theory & Practice. How the wellbeing of PLWD (People Living with Dementia) is supported by three related requirements: Environment – the opportunity to engage, Communication – the oil that enables engagement to take place and Engagement – creativity, meaning, & purpose.

If you missed this talk – https://youtu.be/ZndudoHe8Ac

A Conversation with … Isabelle Latham.  What works is what matters: learning to care for people living with dementia in care homes. Isabelle will share the findings from her PhD study and get you thinking about the ways that care workers learn “at the coal face” of their jobs through their relationships, conversations and interactions with each other and with people living with dementia.

If you missed this talk – https://youtu.be/M1C2gw7RSwc

‘A Conversation with Jem Bhatt and Georgina Charlesworth’. “Who to tell, how and when?” : A programme designed to help people living with dementia and carers share a diagnosis of dementia with others in their social network. Jem and Georgina present how the “Who to tell, how and when?” programme was created and share the experiences of people affected by dementia who took part in the programme.

If you missed this talk – https://youtu.be/1_1yLN8u64w

Wednesday 22nd July, 2 – 3pm :A Conversation with … Tracey Williamson, Graham Galloway, Sue Hinds, Hannah Sweeney and Dr Shirley Evans.  ‘Shifting support for families affected by dementia from face-to-face to virtual support’ – in this ‘Conversation’, the panel will explore how Kirrie Connections Meeting Centre, Dementia Carers Count, Age UK Salford and the University of Worcester have moved to virtual support in response to Covid 19.

If you missed this talk – https://youtu.be/Pw99xapDnX0

After a little snooze in August, the seminars resumed in September with:

Wednesday 9th September, 2 – 3pm : A Conversation with … Sarah Griffiths and Hannah Wheat.  Dementia Support Workers transitioning from providing in-person to virtual support during COVID-19: Evidence-based insights on the challenges and facilitators to delivery from the Dementia PACT research project.  A presentation and discussion by Research Fellows Hannah Wheat and Sarah Griffiths on the Dementia-Person Aligned Care Team (DPACT) project, at the University of Plymouth https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/primarycare/dementia-person-aligned-care-team.  Insights drawn from practitioner diaries, interviews (with support workers, their supervisors, people living with dementia and unpaid carers) and conversation analysis of ‘live’ video recorded support sessions.

If you missed this talk – https://youtu.be/kLZcEjo3QBU

Wednesday 23rd September, 2 – 3pm : A Conversation with Our Online Creatives – sharing the move from face to face to online.  Join Becky, DJ Ged, Margaret, Barbara and Rachel as they talk about their move to online, sharing stories, top tips and lessons learnt from the last 6 months. From a sensory farm, to a disco, to singing and a creative session, this team of exceptional people have pushed their own comfort zones to offer fun, engaging and interesting sessions to people affected by dementia.

If you missed this talk – https://youtu.be/bmy88P-L4gc

Our next seminar is

  • Wednesday 14th October, 2 – 3pm : A Conversation with … Barbara Lewis
Curiosity and Creativity in the later stages of dementia and end of life care. Former Carer Barbara Lewis talks about the importance of curiosity and creativity when caring for her mother and how it helped her and her sister get into her mother’s world.  If you want to find out the link between music, sheep and nuns’ bathing habits please join us.

To register – https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6kMtzrNXQOe1cfkBCCr34w

  • Wednesday 21st October : A Conversation with … Kaleigh Bennett

Can we make Covid a positive for conversations about end of life care.  Life has a terminal prognosis…talking about dying will not make it happen, in the same way talking about sex won’t get you pregnant’ (Lucy Watts, TEDxNHS, 2019).  Dying is the one thing that brings us all together, but we are afraid to talk about it? Why is that, and how can we utilise the learning from End of Life conversations amidst a global pandemic to help us achieve better end of life care?

To register – https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_giZw0Y0gQoelfcrMBtLONg

We hope that you find these seminars interesting and that they provide you with a greater insight and some thoughts on how you can bring this learning in to your everyday life. We would like to thank all of the speakers for contributing their time, energy and enthusiasm to this series.


Emma and The Empowered Conversations Team