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Eyesore to eyecatching: art transforms boarded up London shops

TweetI usually run a mile from any sniff of a town or city rebranding (anyone remember “Staines-upon-Thames” or indeed “Proud to be Slough“?). But I’m interested in the bold focus on street art and local artists in the drive to … Continue reading

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Exhibition: how young people with a learning disability picture themselves

TweetYoung photographer Kitty Day, whose sister has a learning disability, wanted to to offer an alternative way for her sibling to express herself – visually. The result is an exhibition of photographs, entitled This is me, my Voice, my Choice, … Continue reading

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City designers bringing urban spaces back to life

TweetSwansea and Croydon – not places usually synonymous with cutting edge design and urban rejuvenation, but both have just been named as among the most forward-thinking places for landscape design. Among the big projects worth picturing here is the first … Continue reading

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No one should suffer like this

TweetIt is now three years since the abuse inflicted on people with learning disabilities at Winterbourne View highlighted the desperate need to get people out of such institutional settings. In those three years, we know of two people who have … Continue reading

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Immigration: what is it like for a child?

TweetHow does a young child cope when he is suddenly uprooted from the people and places he loves and confronted with a new home in a distant, completely alien land? What was it like for a child to be among … Continue reading

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Specialist dementia care for black and ethnic minority families

Tweet“They should not suffer in silence”, says Amina Begum, a full time carer for her mother, of why we need more culturally specific dementia services for black and South Asian communities. Speaking to me for a Guardian piece published today … Continue reading

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Enlightenment at the end of the tunnel of love

Tweet“Flirty, playful love” is not, so the general perception goes, the realm of people who happen to have a learning disability. But that concept is being turned joyfully on its head via a heart-shaped door, a “tunnel of love”, mirrors, … 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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