Empowered Conversations brings you 7 weeks of interactive talks 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

The Empowered team are really looking forward to hosting these weekly seminars and the reaction has been positive with a great mix of family carers, people living with dementia, academics and professionals attending.   The following provides dates, summaries and links to register for the seminars.

  • Wednesday 27th May, 2 – 3pm – 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.

To register : https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sPlk831xQEKctKCB3ht2nQ

  • Wednesday 3rd June, 2 – 3pm – A Conversation with … Professor Alison Wray 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.

To register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Vl5uc261RgGWUJrfC_JKxQ

  • Wednesday 10th June, 2 – 3pm – 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.

To register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Vr9c9tx0S4-PBnZ40fBnuw

  • Wednesday 17th June, 2 – 3pm – A Conversation with … Amanda Barrell and Rachel Yates Hoyles (Empowered Carers) : Connecting Carers : Exploring the use of online sessions to create a new space for carers to support and connect with each other.

To register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_R2H51lXKQQGjLQ229x6NgQ

  • Wednesday 24th June, 2-3 pm – A Conversation with … Damion Murphy – The Getting Along Programme – Support for Couples. The Getting Along Programme – Support for Couples – Damian Murphy. Damion will share reports on initial pilots of the programme in York, and hopefully get you thinking more about equipping people where they spend most of their time which is NOT in our services, clinics or cafes.

To register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Z051BXjyTLG2mm_8S6QngA

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.