Ask yourself, whose social care is it anyway?

Blog by Sinead Mchugh-Hicks, Executive Director of support at Advance Housing & Support

 

 

This is part of the Future of Social Care series of members’ thoughts and views.

Find out more about Learning Disability England’s work on the future of social care here

 

“I joined Advance in December 2020 but have worked in the sector for many years.

Joining an organisation in the middle of a global pandemic was daunting and challenging – but what I have seen in the care and support provided by Advance has really inspired me.

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#BetterPay4SocialCare: Why do support staff matter?

This week is Professional Care Workers Week (6th – 10th September).

The #BetterPay4SocialCare campaign is campaigning for the work support workers do to be better recognised and valued.

And for all support workers, PAs and care workers to be paid at least the real living wage wage.

Mary Woodall, Rep Body member and self advocate has made a vlog about why good support is so important.

Watch Mary’s vlog here

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Covid 19 and the aftermath – a personal perspective!’

Blog by Dame Philippa Russell, DBE, a family and friends member.

 

 

This is part of the Future of Social Care series of members’ thoughts and views.

Find out more about Learning Disability England’s work on the future of social care here

 

 

I am a ‘veteran carer’ (55 years experiences, good and bad)!

 

But in the 18th month of the covid-19 pandemic, I am not sure that I am on the winning side of the war.

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‘We need a bright vision and something to look forward to’.

Last week the government published their National Disability Strategy.

You can read the strategy here

You can read the easy read version here

 

What do you as members think?

  • What is good about the strategy
  • Is there anything you think is wrong or missing?
  • Are you or your organisation doing anything on the strategy?

Click here to share your views. 

Learning Disability England will use the replies to think about what action members might take together next.

 

 

Blog by Gary Bourlet, Membership and Engagement Lead, about the new National Disability Strategy.

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We cannot let COVID turn back the clock for disabled people

Guest blog as part of the future of social care series by John Casson at L’Arche

Watch John and Rebecca Tucker talking about these issues in a video here

 

We cannot let COVID turn back the clock for disabled people.

It’s time to say it.   The COVID response is telling people with disability: You’re different – a patient to look after, not a person.  A problem to manage, not a citizen.

It’s the return of the old institutional mind-set that says:  you’re vulnerable, and we know what’s best.

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“Our plea is for real and sustained action”

The last week has seen several reports published about people with learning disabilities and autistic people.

 

 

The Health and Social Care Committee Report has been published following the inquiry into the treatment of autistic people and individuals with learning disabilities that started in February 2021.

 

 

Read the report here

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