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Slow Shopping

Slow Shopping is for anyone with visible, invisible or intellectual disabilities who may find shopping stressful or challenging. It provides a safe space and time to think for all who need it, as well as their carers and families.

Social services are agents of change for disabled adults

'Getting Things Changed' might sound ambitious. Yet social care practitioners are tasked with facilitating change every time they engage with disabled clients. This article considers just two aspects of a wide-ranging research programme.

United - not divided

United for All Ages discuss bringing older and young people together for the benefit of all generations and wider society.

Working with complexity

As human beings we are by our very nature, complex. As individuals, within the world we inhabit with our families, friends, communities and beyond we all experience complexity in our lives.

Community Catalysts - Do Your Thing

How can we enable people to forge links with others with the same interests or aspirations, to make connections and maximise local assets? In this blog, Community Catalysts describe how they support people to explore their passions and think how they might put these to good use.

Cook Together, Share Together, Learn Together

Cook Together, Share Together is a pilot in North Halifax supporting five people with learning disabilities to match them with a volunteer to prepare, cook and share a meal together once a week.

The impact of kindness in adult social care

How do we define and capture evidence about whether kindness can make a difference, and what place could it have in adult social care?

Family group conference – embodying the social work of past and future

What is fulfilling and exciting for a social worker? If I had to boil down a complex professional life into a few words then for me, hope, connection and the experience of change are all important. Family group conferences (FGC) try to harness these three things by bringing a network of people together to problem-solve on their own terms.

Enabling people with learning disabilities and autism to travel independently

The complexity of the public transport network can be a major barrier for people with learning disabilities and autism as they seek independence and engagement with the wider community. The Brandon Trust details their Travel Buddy Project, which helps individuals to travel safely and independently.

Community connecting for people with learning disabilities – it’s about people not places

Being really connected within your community doesn’t just mean volunteering in your local charity shop – it means making friends with the other volunteers, and feeling empowered enough to call them up and invite them round for dinner without your support workers needing to risk assess the evening.

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