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Election: voting support for people with learning disabilities

TweetThe Conservatives’ manifesto pledges on social care have been both controversial and muddled, but at least the issue of support (and how we pay for it) is finally a subject for mainstream national debate. Campaigners have long argued that plans … Continue reading

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Art for all: the Surrey gallery that targets a hidden need

TweetLeafy and affluent are default shorthands when describing the English county of Surrey, but the council ward of Westborough, Guildford, has the highest number of young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) in the county. Child … Continue reading

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Why we need to save sheltered housing from more cuts

Tweet “A certain amount of support has gone, so this has made people themselves more involved with each other – we get together more.” I spoke to older people like Val, Rene and Jane, who live in sheltered housing on … Continue reading

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Loneliness among older people: a new epidemic

TweetRoy Warman’s wife, Phyllis, died in January 2015. Buoyed by well-wishers in the first few weeks of bereavement, the visits and telephone calls gradually dwindled, and he felt increasingly alone. Many of his friends have passed away, he does not … Continue reading

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Growth of inclusive project to break barriers to ballet

Tweet  “It is the one place she can be herself” is how one parent described the inclusive dance school I wrote about for the Guardian last year. I’ve been following the progress of the Bristol-based Flamingo Chicks, which has just … Continue reading

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Social work: the next generation

Tweet A guest post by Rashmi Becker Against a backdrop of funding cuts, headlines about poor practice and high staff turnover in the sector, it is easy to see how the personal aspect of ‘care’ can become lost. The increased … Continue reading

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Campaigner Jonathan Andrews on the talents and skills of autistic people

Tweet Jonathan Andrews was once advised to hide his autism from prospective employers. Instead, he is making his name by doing just the opposite. The 22-year-old recently won campaigner of the year at the European Diversity Awards 2016 and talked … Continue reading

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Unique art from survivors of brain injury

TweetA unique art collective in London consisting of brain injury survivors is exhibiting its “unguarded, emotive” work for the first time. The Submit to Love Studios, supported by brain injury charity Headway East London, is a creative space in Hackney … Continue reading

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A nod to National Poetry Day

TweetReposting this, on National Poetry Day, from something I wrote a while back, just because I watched A World Without Down’s Syndrome last night and it got me thinking about, amongst many other things, what family and diversity mean (scroll … Continue reading

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European Diversity Awards

Tweet Really pleased to be on the shortlist for this year’s European Diversity Awards in the journalism category. Previous winners in the awards, which cover a range of areas and were launched in 2010, include TV presenter Ade Adepitan, trans-activist … Continue reading

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