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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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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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Indignation and initiative vs institutional inertia

Tweet This is a post that originally appeared on the #107days of action campaign site, raising awareness about the death of Connor Sparrowhawk who died a preventable death in specialist NHS unit last year: Imagine if you had £3,500 a … 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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He should never have died

Tweet I launched this blog as a platform for some of the excellent, uplifting, often unsung, good practice in social and public policy. In contrast, this week I’ve been finding out about some of the worst care possible. The opposite … Continue reading

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Radio raises awareness: The Archers mental health storyline

TweetI recall listening to Radio 4’s The Archers as a teenager on long hot summer afternoons; the “heatwave” summer of 1976 springs to mind. As with listening to cricket, the radio soap helped me to relax and I warmed to … 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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We need to prepare for the next global pandemic

TweetIt is a disease one in three of us will develop – 135 million people will have it by 2050 and its worldwide health and social-care cost in 2010 was estimated at £400bn…yet no one is ready for the worldwide … Continue reading

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Home ownership for vulnerable people

TweetHow can someone with learning disabilities or mental health issues possibly own their own home? With a long-established but seldom-used form of housing called shared ownership. The power of the part-rent, part-buy scheme to transform lives is illustrated in a … Continue reading

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