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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 […]

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You Saw the Whole of the Moon

Image is taken from @iangriffin who posted on twitter his photograph of the international space station passing in front of the moon https://twitter.com/iangriffin/status/1161751329192071168?s=20 The phone was blinking at her. She had 3 missed calls. All the same number. It was the home ringing again. She listened to the messages with a frown on her face. […]

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There Goes My First Love

Science seems to have become quite cool. I am not really into it but I am trying and I can now listen to a good 10-15 minutes of Brian Cox without him losing me. I think I was probably put off by science by a series of awful science teachers at secondary school. In fact […]

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Now ain’t the Time for your Tears

It wasn’t the abuse at Whorlton Hall that made us cry. It was the footage of it. High definition images secretly filmed and brilliant audio technology that enabled us to hear the piercing screams right in the heart of our living rooms. Very 21st century. The abuse is significantly older. But really, what were we […]