Category Archives: Social exclusion

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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Exhibition reveals hidden history of learning disability

Tweet All images copyright Jürgen Schadeberg Powerful and rarely seen archive images of life in institutional care form part of a new exhibition that opens today. The history of long-stay hospitals in Wales is the focus of Mencap Cymru’s Hidden … Continue reading

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Campaigning new disability rights network for London

TweetA new organisation bringing together disabled people’s organisations in west London has just been launched. The launch of Hammersmith and Fulham Disabled People’s Organisations Network was made on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities last week and coincided with … Continue reading

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Exhibition: from exclusion to empowerment

TweetSome striking photographs here of the social inclusion work in India and Africa by the charity Sightsavers. Shot by Guardian photographer Graeme Robertson, the images show “empowered lives and the impact of exclusion”, tying in with International Day of Persons … Continue reading

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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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