August 6, 2020

by Martin Routledge   #socialcarefuture is a voluntarily organised initiative aimed at supporting those wishing to share ideas and information and focus action to bring about major positive change in what is currently called “social care”. Those involved will be citizens, people using public services and their families, workers and professionals, managers and politicians. Our focus will not be primarily on resources, though we know social care and the people that use it have been badly…

January 17, 2019

Written by Jeremy Porteus, Managing Director of the Housing Learning and Improvement Network The tenth anniversary of the publication of Putting People First slipped by as the festive season got underway last month. It was a ‘landmark’ moment that could secure independent living for all adults. It was also supposed to usher in a care system that offered people personal choice and control, alongside active participation in community life. I had the privilege of working in…

January 17, 2019

by Neil Crowther   ‘Understanding means finding a story you already know and saying, ‘Oh yeah, that one.’ Once we have found (the) story, we stop processing.” Roger Schank, Tell Me A Story, 1998 One of mankind’s most incredible recent success stories – vastly increased life expectancy – is now most often described using metaphors of impending catastrophe such as ‘silver Tsunami’ and ‘demographic timebomb.’   More recently, a polarising discourse which pitches old against young…

January 17, 2019

Martin Routledge challenged me to blog about social care as part of a quest to get a range of views from people in the social care field. Follow them on #socialcarefuture. I have so much to say about what is needed for a good social care so for the sake of brevity, I have condensed a wide range of thoughts down into my #socialcarefuture wish list… 1. Money can’t buy you love. I’m going to get this…

January 10, 2019

The Independent Living Strategy Group recently carried out a study of local authority charges for social care, exploring in particular whether and to what extent the practice of charging is undermining people’s wellbeing, the primary purpose of social care services as set out in the Care Act 2014. We examined some key features of the way local authorities implement    charges and gathered evidence on the impact of charges on disabled   people. Our study comprised of two parts:…

October 29, 2018

This story is from the How to be in control DVD. There are 16 stories from people with different levels of support. In each video a person talks about directing their own support and the effect this has had on their lives.

October 29, 2018

This story is from the How to be in control DVD. There are 16 stories from people with different levels of support. In each video a person talks about directing their own support and the effect this has had on their lives.

October 29, 2018

This story is from the How to be in control DVD. There are 16 stories from people with different levels of support. In each video a person talks about directing their own support and the effect this has had on their lives.