An Interview with Liz Davidson by Steve Hollingsworth

Learned disengagement - Liz Davidson - Day care centre manager - Cherry road, Bonnyrigg ‘What you do is provide somebody with something that inspires them enough to be part of it and engage with it and have the curiosity to reach out for more, because if your world is never interesting and always predictable, eventually … Continue reading An Interview with Liz Davidson by Steve Hollingsworth

The Ripple Effect – Report on Impact of the Arts on People with PMLD

The Ripple Effect Report by Dundee University evidences innovative and collaborative work between Artlink and Cherry Road, presenting an alternative vision and future for people with profound learning disabilities. The key themes emerging from the data are Art, Relationships, Time and Learning.  Through integrating art into social care, new ways of working are leading to … Continue reading The Ripple Effect – Report on Impact of the Arts on People with PMLD

The learning disability care sector: hanging by a thread

In a guest blog for Nuffield Trust, Jan Tregelles, Chief Executive of Mencap, discusses the issue of payments for ‘sleep-in’ care and says that not reaching an equitable solution on it leaves the sector facing an impossible quandary The first week in November saw fireworks of a different kind for the learning disability sector. After … Continue reading The learning disability care sector: hanging by a thread

Health Improvement Scotland: Artlink/University of Dundee Project, April 2018

Over the last decade key health and social care policies including Statutory Guidance to accompany the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 and the Keys to Life 2013 have highlighted the need for practitioners to be more creative. Yet there is little understanding as to how to translate ‘creative’ into social care practice within … Continue reading Health Improvement Scotland: Artlink/University of Dundee Project, April 2018

Laura Aldridge – Frieze

Containers, collaboration and perception BY MATTHEW MCLEAN ‘California wow!’ exhibition view at Tramway, Glasgow, 2015. ‘All my work might be about vessels, the idea that everything is contained by something,’ says Laura Aldridge, standing amid ‘California wow!’, her installation in the former transport shed of Glasgow’s Tramway. The statement is perplexing at first, as there’s … Continue reading Laura Aldridge – Frieze

For social care to thrive it needs a community-centred revolution by Paul Allen

For those of us working in social care, the last couple of years have been the toughest in living memory. From reports revealing the underfunding of services through to deepening staff shortages, it’s hard to see where any help and relief for the sector will come from. Particularly as there’s no end in sight to … Continue reading For social care to thrive it needs a community-centred revolution by Paul Allen

Benefit sanctions are punishing disabled people for the sake of it

Benefit sanctions are punishing disabled people for the sake of it by Frances Ryan The government’s cruel rhetoric is that with enough ‘tough love’, people too ill to get out of bed can hold down a job. Sanctions don’t work Four years ago, I wrote about the death of David Clapson. Clapson – a former … Continue reading Benefit sanctions are punishing disabled people for the sake of it