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Nice ‘n’ Sleazy does it every time

By @briantheroomie When one considers representation and inclusion within the arts then it seems there is a huge omission in relation to people with a learning disability. Goddard (2014) argues that people have very little or indeed no say in the in the development of the inclusion agenda when considering the professional arts from a […]

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Learning to Fly

My middle son started an MA in Social Work a few months ago. This was a bit of a surprise for me. Although he is ideally suited to the profession (he is very lovely, far less spikey than me, has lots of patience and will be brilliant – I am of course exceptionally biased) I […]

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In the Bleak Mid-Winter

Everyone knew Mary. She had been known since her husband Albert had been admitted to hospital with his heart 6 years earlier. Mary had sat by his bed, refusing to leave, sleeping on the chair. The ward staff had tried to get her to go to the café to get something to eat, but she […]

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Stay Another Day

So, it is a given that we love the Mental Capacity Act. We love the fact that when it is administered properly, it ensures people who lack capacity to make specific decisions benefit from safeguards, which simultaneously enable the person to exercise their rights, such as challenging the assessment/Best Interest decision. As well as ensuring […]

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Special not Special

A guest blog by student social worker @RShirtliffe Social Workers = Special type of person, aren’t they? I am currently embarking on my second year at University to one day become a qualified Social Worker. To myself, becoming a Social Worker would be a ‘dream transfer’, as the footballers would say, into a career I have long […]

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Age Speaks

On 19th September, we launched the book version of our blogs, Social Work, Cats and Rocket Science. The launch was at the brilliant Bread and Roses pub in Clapham,a cooperative venue steeped in history.The wonderful Mervyn Eastman from Age Speaks was there to capture the atmosphere for his podcast which we hope you can find […]

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Do Anything You Wanna Do

A guest blog by @briantheroomie I have just found out the lead singer of Eddie and the Hot Rods has died. Heartbroken doesn’t even come close. There are gentle reminders everywhere that we are all living and breathing in world that can be cold and harsh. The poet Samuel Decker Thompson offers that “we are all just a car crash, […]

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Can you dig it?

I often see guidance for those completing mental capacity assessments which suggest that, while the person may appear to be lucid and capacitous at first blush, if the assessor “drills down” or “digs deeper” they will be able to show that actually the person lacks capacity to make the decision. Yet as the guidance from […]

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Social Work, Cats and Rocket Science

On 19th September 2019 we launched our book at the Bread and Roses Pub in Clapham. It was an amazing night.  We’ve put together the story of the night in Wakelet: https://wakelet.com/wake/ad1fa655-717b-4141-aab3-6a7bdb4aae55 Thank you to everyone who came, we hope you like the book!

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Accident waiting to happen

Over the next few days we are launching a book. That still seems a strange thing to type. In truth I am not really sure how we’ve let it get this far! Inspired mainly by people like Mark Neary, Sara Ryan and Ermintrude, I started blogging a few years ago along with Elaine James, who […]