What the Dickens? Individuals, systems and hopes for the green paper

By Peter Hay One of my favourite quotes is from Dickens’ ‘Bleak House’ where the worn down and enraged Mr. Gridley erupts with “the system! I am told, at all hands, it’s the system. I mustn’t look to individuals. It’s the system.” Dickens’ landscapes are blotted out by a pervasive fog. Mr. Gridley blew up … Continue reading What the Dickens? Individuals, systems and hopes for the green paper

Citizen leadership – reshaping the future

by Lynne Elwell, Partners in Policymaking This year marks twenty two years since I ran the first Partners in Policymakingcourse in the UK. This is a leadership training programme for self-advocates and parents and relatives of disabled children. As you might expect, I am reflecting on what has happened over those years – how making … Continue reading Citizen leadership – reshaping the future

A brighter future for people with learning disabilities

By Shaun Webster, CHANGE   I want to share with you some thoughts about how I would like to see people with learning disabilities contributing as paid employees in the field of social care. I think about people with learning disabilities not just as service users, but also as paid professionals working for our rights. … Continue reading A brighter future for people with learning disabilities

Moving beyond the piloting – It’s time to grow social care innovations

By Ewan King For all the problems it faces, the social care sector has always shown that it can innovate. From personal budgets, which were pioneered in social care, through to shared lives schemes around the country, it's a sector which can produce innovations. The same cannot be said about its ability to grow these … Continue reading Moving beyond the piloting – It’s time to grow social care innovations