LU e-newsletter: January 2013

Welcome to the second Lives Unlimited monthly e-newsletter!

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Invitation to an informal drop-in for coffee and chat

Personal budgets: what's it like organising your own support? Come and find out from disabled people and families who are doing it!

6th February 2013 - 10.30am - 12.00 noon

At St Aelred's Community Centre, Fifth Avenue, York, YO31 0PN|Find it on a map

No need to book, just turn up for a friendly chat and coffee.

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Food, glorious food!

What’s the favourite shared passion of these three young men? Food of course!

Alec, Andrew and Tom all love cooking and eating! So what better than to get together and enjoy a three course meal, each making a course from their favourite recipes. With support from their PAs they planned their dish and brought ingredients. They worked well together at their own pace.

Starting from a shared interest is a great way of getting to know someone, their likes and what support they need. It’s an effective way of enabling people to plan and do ordinary things. It’s also a way to test how accessible community venues are.

Alec enjoyed peeling and chopping vegetables for the soup, and helped to lay the table for lunch. Tom made some tasty mackerel and salmon fishcakes; he was very organised and planned the cleaning too. Alec ate mackerel for the first time. Andrew’s strawberry gateau was absolutely delicious. Altogether a great success!

Will they do it again? Of course they will! Lives Unlimited plans to have more opportunities like this for other people to get together and build friendships and for PAs to meet together too.

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From Unfair Cuts to a Fair Society

This paper by Simon Duffy was the submission from the Campaign for a Fair Society to the Joint Committee on Human Rights and its inquiry on independent living. The paper argues that there is a strong moral and practical case for a radical reform of the current welfare system.

Click here to read the paper in full

A chance to have your say on the draft Care and Support Bill

The Joint Committee on the draft Care and Support Bill, chaired by Paul Burstow MP, is conducting pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Bill and has set up a web forum to hear the views of carers. Please take part in this web forum, and pass this on to any of your colleagues, contacts or friends who may wish to contribute.

The forum can be accessed here

The Committee would like to hear about your experiences as a carer and what impact you think the Government’s proposed legislation might have on your own situation, either positive or negative. Your comments will help inform the recommendations the Committee makes to the Government in their report.

The Committee would particularly like to hear the views of carers on three key areas:

  • Responsibilities of local authorities

  • Assessing need

  • Safeguarding adults at risk of abuse and neglect

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