Category Archives: Social care

How arts therapy can support people with dementia

TweetBy 2025 there will be one million people with dementia in the UK, according to the Alzheimer’s Society; a project I reported on today for the Guardian online is proving the impact of arts-based therapy on people with the condition. … Continue reading

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Tailor made theatre for an overlooked audience

Tweet“Today is different” is a recurrent phrase in the latest show from theatre group Frozen Light. But the refrain is more than just part of the script; the words also reflect the innovative company’s hope for young people with profound … Continue reading

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Disability, demonstration and debate: Jane Campbell

Tweet“The cabbage has a brain,” is, it’s safe to say, not the response that Jane Campbell’s prospective employers expected when they commented on her encyclopedic knowledge of social care during an interview for a new job. That job, as founding … Continue reading

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Arts festival uses digital tech for social inclusion

TweetA few images here from an innovative digital arts festival due to take place this weekend (10-12 July). The interactive event, which I wrote about today for the Guardian’s online social care pages, will feature giant portraits of learning disabled … Continue reading

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Rocket science and reality: The Tale of Laughing Boy

Tweet The Tale of Laughing Boy from My Life My Choice on Vimeo. This weekend, I watched a film that should never have had to be made, about a young man who should never have died, featuring people who should … Continue reading

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People with learning disabilities are not scroungers or superheroes

TweetThe MBE recently won by Shaun Webster is, he says “two fingers” to the bullying colleagues who tormented him when he worked in a warehouse some years ago. You can’t disagree with the 43-year-old’s use of frank language – his … Continue reading

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Social inclusion, sewing patterns and silver linings

Tweet“More busy”. This quote from Kelvin Burke of Rocket Artists reflects what people with learning disabilities need in order to be more included in society; people want to be busier with opportunities to do, make and see more things, to … Continue reading

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The role of siblings in the care of disabled adults

TweetI’m so grateful to Anila Jolly (pictured above, with her brother Sunil) for speaking so frankly about her relationship with her sibling. As she says, siblings of disabled adults are “largely invisible” to care providers, but their “insight and perspective … Continue reading

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Why are stroke survivors being written off?

TweetPaul Luscombe rises confidently from his wheelchair, sets one foot in front of the other and walks steadily between the parallel bars in the rehabilitation gym of his care home. The simple task is, as Luscombe says, amazing, given that … Continue reading

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The hidden victims of domestic violence

TweetBarbara Davis’s abusive boyfriend burned her fingers on the stove when he discovered her packed suitcase under the bed and realised she was trying to leave. He had controlled Davis, 36, who has a mild learning disability, for years. He … Continue reading

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