As a full-time working mum, I struggle with much free time to do anything for myself let alone others. That said, I found myself unable to say no when our local scout's group needed a new Group Secretary for the Executive Committee and as a family, we were approached to support a fishing charity focussed on getting young people into the sport. But why?
A Christmas Carol
With regard to social care … do you see yourself as a social reformer? Do you try to reach large audiences with your messages through various mediums? Do you see story telling as a powerful tool to get those messages across? Do you believe in a social contract, a bond amongst all people?
The Elephant in The Room
‘There’s an elephant in the room. It’s large, squatting and hard to get around.
There’s an elephant in the room. We all know it’s there; we talk about everything else – except the elephant in the room.’
Resolving todays challenges with yesterday’s solutions
Personalisation has been around since the ‘70’s and Direct Payments, a key marker of personalised services since the mid 90’s.
The Power of ‘Co’
‘Co’ meaning with, together, joint, mutual and common, ‘Production’ meaning a coordinated activity that changes resources into finished products and services. So, what does co-production mean to you? Is it dependent on the role you have and whether it’s part of your personal life or part of your job?
What does the summer solstice, volunteering, carers and loneliness awareness events have in common? “They all occur in June”. You’re right, but what else? “Connecting is a core thread throughout them all”. Absolutely, and this year it’s the theme for Carers week too.
A Perfect Storm
In the last seven days, the Institute for Fiscal Studies published ‘English council funding: what happened and what’s next?’. Furthermore, Panorama’s ’The crisis in care Who pays?’ programmes were on TV. For those of us involved in health and social care, the information presented is familiar and the stories shown are part of our daily work and/or personal lives.