Big Ian Donaghy
Big Ian Donaghy’s infectious enthusiasm & humorous approach have made him a popular keynote speaker all over the UK. Barbara Pointon MBE describes him as “Highly entertaining & deeply thought-provoking”
During a 20-year career teaching young people with learning difficulties Ian was seconded by the Home Office to set up inclusion units in schools for vulnerable students focusing on the individual, celebrating what they can do to raise their aspirations.
Ian took his “focus on the individual” into the world of care in 2009 and quickly used his innovative teaching & learning styles to win Care Trainer of the Year at the British Care Awards.
Ian delivers bespoke learning for clients as diverse as Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Wilf Ward Family Trust, Mind, local authorities, large care providers, the NHS & has hosted the CQC’s National Conference in Westminster.
In 2014 Ian’s book “Dear Dementia: The Laughter & the Tears” was published by Hawker Publications & in under a year has reached 24 countries & been included on the Alzheimer’s Society Reading Well prescribed list of only 25 books for dementia care. Angela Rippon OBE described it as “An inspirational little book…A work of real love”.
Ian’s 2018 book “The Missing Peace” bereavement book has been described as “a 200 hug” & received plaudits from Kay Mellor, Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Vine.
As a Dementia campaigner Ian has produced “Night to Remember” concerts in York theatres attracting audiences of over 2000 & funding Dementia projects in the city raising over £150k for local projects.
Ian’s popular twitter feed @trainingcarers highlights the ridiculous, fuels debate & champions those who really care with tips & ideas.
Whilst doing all of the above Ian has been a professional musician selling out the Grand Opera House in York 30 times and duetting with Justin Timberlake, Lulu & James Blunt.
Prepare to be entertained…Ian doesn’t do bulletpoint, bulletpoint, bulletpoint snore. This is an INTERACTIVE session.
Thank you for the music
Ian focuses on the parts of care that don’t just keep people safe, warm and well fed but more on the bits that reinforce WHO someone is to make their eyes ignite and their hearts SING! Ian’s work on engagement and enrichment have found fans all over the world using music and bringing generations together to show that DEMENTIA IS A TEAM GAME.