Category Archives: Social exclusion

Campaigning in my community for mental health

TweetEach time I return to my childhood village the memories come flooding back. Memories of football in the street and endless walks along rugged cliffs that are some of the highest in the country. A sense of innocence from another … Continue reading

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No-one should ever have to feel like they are not worth helping

Tweet“No-one should ever have to feel like they are not worth helping…” I saw these striking words on a postcard displayed at a recent event to celebrate volunteering. With the massive cuts in public spending and the unprecedented reform of … Continue reading

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Telling the untold stories of austerity

Tweet Women in Croxteth, Liverpool, discuss the impact of cuts on communities, part of the research for the new book, Austerity Bites Do you know what austerity really means? Here’s a definition from the Collins Dictionary, as quoted in Mary … Continue reading

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We need to listen to the quieter voices

TweetToday is the start of Learning Disability Week 2014, the annual campaigning and awareness drive run by Mencap. This year’s campaign week celebrates people overcoming adversity, prejudice and ignorance and it’s a welcome moment to focus on the positive amid … Continue reading

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Charity helpline supports abuse victims with learning disabilities

TweetIf Simon Tovey gets anxious before using the bathroom, you might assume his panic is linked to his learning disability. Maybe the public convenience is unfamiliar? Yet Tovey’s fear is the result of the abuse he suffered at Winterbourne View … Continue reading

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Development and disability: new report urges action

TweetHazrat Bilal from Narshingdi, Bangladesh, has been blind since birth, but it was only in 2008 at the age of 33, with support from Bangladeshi charity Action for Blind Children, that he was officially registered as permanently disabled. That led … Continue reading

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In style and inclusive

TweetDisability and dress sense aren’t mutually exclusive. Take the first-ever New York fashion week model to work the runway in a wheelchair. It’s an obvious (and frequently made) point but, as wheelchair-using model Danielle Sheypuk said during her first New … Continue reading

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British-Brazilian music project tackles social inclusion

TweetResearch from Goldsmiths University recently suggested that wealthier people are more musical. While it’s obvious that higher income families find it easier to stump for private piano lessons and expensive instruments, music has a place in boosting inclusion and there … Continue reading

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Seeing dementia through a different lens

TweetI was entranced by some of Cathy Greenblat’s photographs of people with Alzheimer’s, which I came across when researching a recent piece about dementia. Dementia is a major global challenge – health experts describe it as the next global pandemic. … Continue reading

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Christmas for care leavers

Tweet A groundbreaking support scheme run by care leavers for care leavers is hoping to help vulnerable young people for a second year Christmas running. Named in memory of a 23-year-old care-leaver, Topé, who took his life several years ago, … Continue reading

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