Creating a progressive policy for social care reform
We need a progressive vision for social care. This means:
1. Neighbourhood Focused - organised to support foster inclusive and welcoming neighbourhoods where everyone's contribution is recognised and supported.
2. People Powered - creating respectful relationships and encouraging peer support and neighbourliness, backed up by responsive professional support
3. Human Rights Based - giving people who need support freedom, clear entitlements and the ability to participate and contribute in the way that works best for them
4. Economically Secure - with no means-testing and proper levels of funding to enable full contribution and fair incomes for everyone
The Centre is supporting disabled people, families, community groups to develop this vision in partnership with the City of Sheffield and sharing its learning nationally and globally through Citizen Network.
Sheffield has proud history of combining diverse peoples and communities into a greater whole, with a commitment to justice and equality.
Our health is damaged by isolation, inequality and powerlessness, so we must reconnect people by conscious community development
Disabled people can be champions for community and environmental change and active citizenship brings personal growth.
Nick Sinclair is the Director of the Local Area Coordination Network in England and Wales and describes here the innovation and its impact.