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Small Good Stuff goes from strength to strength

22nd December 2014

In September Community Catalysts launched a new website called Small Good Stuff ‘Small Good Stuff aims to help small community initiatives and enterprises to get going and keep going. It also helps people who need care or support to link with available local community enterprises’     Angela Catley, Community Catalysts Community Catalysts already works through local … Read more

An on line tool for information on key statistics about social care

18th December 2014

The Care & Support Alliance has developed an online tool called which reveals key statistics about social care in each constituency in England. By typing in your postcode you can find out how many older people, disabled people and carers live in your area to gain an idea of how crucial social care is to … Read more

Winterbourne View – Time For Change

4th December 2014

On 26 November 2014, this landmark report on the future of services for people with learning disabilities was launched by Sir Stephen Bubb, CEO of ACEVO. Recommendations in the report include an urgent call to close inappropriate assessment and treatment units and strengthened rights for people with learning disabilities/autism and their families, which should underpin … Read more

Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) Annual Conference

4th December 2014

The theme for this conference held on 26 November 2014 was personalisation in health and social care – the next stage. This event was co-produced with people who use services and carers from the National Co-production Advisory Group, and focussed on the new Care Act duties relevant to personalisation and looked at the latest developments on … Read more

Commissioning independent advocacy

4th December 2014

This resource is aimed at commissioners charged with meeting the new duties to provide advocacy under the Care Act 2014. It will help commissioning officers in local authorities think through their new duties and understand what they are required to do to comply with the new requirements of the Act and is available here. Read more

Being in charge of your own services

26th November 2014

Think Local Act Personal have produced an easy read version of Personal budgets in health and social care – The story so far and the next steps. It explains the Integrated Person Commissioning Prospectus produced by NHS England and Getting Serious About Personalisation in the NHS produced alongside the Local Government Association, the Association of Directors of Adult … Read more

Handy practical ideas from SCOPE

26th November 2014

Handy practical ideas on everything from travel to technology have been developed by SCOPE and all contributed to by disabled people, parents, carers and professionals. Read more

SEND reforms: what children and young people need to know

26th November 2014

A series of fact sheets, films and posters designed to help children and young people understand some of the key themes of the new reforms has been produced by the Council for Disabled Children in partnership with the Department of Education. Click here for more information on these information resources on special educational needs and disability … Read more

Taking Charge: a practical guide to living with a disability or health condition

26th November 2014

Disability Rights UK have produced a guide called Taking Charge which complies practical information and advice on the rights disabled people can expect in order to access services, education and employment.  Taking Charge is a tool to get everyone enjoying the same levels of choice and control to lead the lives they want.   Read more

Going into hospital because of mental health difficulties or challenging behaviours: what families need to know

26th November 2014

This booklet produced by NHS England is for parents, or anyone who cares about and is close to a person with learning disabilities. It will help you to protect their interests if they are admitted to hospital because of mental health difficulties or because they present behaviours that are challenging.   Read more