Start The Conversation

The “Start the Conversation” campaign, is being launched across Argyll and Bute to raise awareness of the importance of having a Power of Attorney granted to a trusted relative or friend.

This campaign is a partnership between NHS Highland, Argyll and Bute Council, and the Third Sector Partnership.

Throughout December 2014, a TV advert will be shown at peak times on STV encouraging Argyll and Bute residents to talk to trusted family and friends about establishing a Power of Attorney. This will be followed by a series of community based events and talks in early 2015. Leaflets about power of attorney will be available shortly.

Christina West, Interim Director of Operations – Argyll and Bute CHP, said “People are often unaware of the importance of Power of Attorney until they become ill. The important message of this campaign is that we all need to think ahead and make plans, regardless of age. It is important for people to discuss their wishes about the type of care they would like if they become ill and unable to make their own decisions.

Without a Power of Attorney family members, including spouses, can not make decisions around care or pay bills for their loved ones. Applying for a power of attorney when someone is ill often takes months and can be costly.

By taking early action, people will be prepared for their future.”

The campaign has a dedicated website, www.mypowerofattorney.org.uk, which provides valuable help and information. A page dedicated to Argyll and Bute can be found at http://www.mypowerofattorney.org.uk/argyll-and-bute/.

You can also follow the campaign on Twitter: @StartTalkingPoA and Facebook: starttalkingpoa

For further information on the campaign please contact:

John Dreghorn, Programme Director (Mental Health) on 01546 604905 or john.dreghorn@nhs.net