What does good mean?

Back from a great break over the New Year and on the train again! I was relieved to hear the news this morning saying that there was a ‘good’ a service on all underground lines. As a Londoner, this really is good news! An hour later I am at the underground station squeezing on to Read More

Is choosing who you live with, where you live, who supports you and how you live your life too much to ask for?

It is shameful that people have to fight for the right to choose how and who they live with but glad to see people are ready to challenge Rochdale’s proposals. Over the past few months, like many of us, I have become increasingly concerned as I hear more and more people saying that Supported Living Read More

Supported Loving – A national network for sharing, learning and action

We regularly hear about support and creative initiatives across the country focusing on relationships and love BUT there is no national focus on sharing the work, the resources and connecting people to share ideas and develop their work. We are committed to connecting people, ideas and action! Working alongside Claire Bates (Choice Support) and Michelle Read More

In the Thick of It – A Personalised Programme for Today’s Leaders

Are you facing the toughest time that you can remember during your career? All the management theory tells us that excellent leadership is a crucial ingredient if we want to get excellent results. Austerity has brought with it enormous additional challenges for leaders in social care; never has there been a time in our sector Read More

Reflections of a Be Free Festival Volunteer

“People who’s lives are too controlled…..” This week we hosted the #BeFree16 Festival.  As I sit this evening still unpacking the equipment I have many images passing through my mind – magical moments of people exploring new opportunities and meeting new people.  Then, Bev, one of our incredible team of 30 Festival volunteers posted her Read More

Something inside so strong

It’s summer, I’m in the office, the radio is on and sometimes songs come on the radio just at the right time! ‘Something inside so strong’ has just played and it brought to mind the determination, bravery and strength of so many people with learning disabilities, their families and supporters who keep standing up and Read More

Be kind to yourself

We are nearing the end of this years Inclusive Leadership Lab with our final workshop and celebration with Nan Carle in a few weeks. Managing Emotional Well-being (one of the five talents of inclusive leaders) is at the forefront of my mind as this week. I’ve met people who are scared and questioning whether in Read More

“Acceptance and Adventure without Labels….” by Hazel Hendrickson

This is not really a blog from me, Sally today. To start the New Year I wanted to share the thoughts and experiences expressed by Hazel Hendrickson about her experience at the Be Free Festival with her sister Sammy. We asked Hazel to share her thoughts and we found them so powerful we wanted to Read More

Rising to the Challenge (Sally’s article for the H&SA Conference held on Nov 16)

Every week our team spends time with self-advocates, family members, paid supporters, organisational managers and leaders. We hear people talk bravely and with heavy hearts about the impact of reducing financial resources – families feeling excluded – the struggle with and, the injustice of, block tendering – practice that limits any sense of individuality. People Read More

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