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I want with your help to help create a better and quality of life for the older people of our community. I recently attended a seminar in London given by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. What strikes me, the services in the capital of the country are far more superior to what’s available in the North. Money plays no part in the results! its the diversity of the community and the volunteers who make it work. Here in Rochdale we have a situation which I personally do not like. We have Rochdale Community Champions who will only integrate and volunteer within their own culture, For me that does not represent being a champion. Ethnicity, religion, and cultural differences should play no part in your role as a Community Champion. We have Champions who volunteer hoping by volunteering they will get a job or post within the RMBC? We also have Champions who will see it as an opportunity to get free highly regarded training courses then leave and open up their own trading or training establishment. Who can blame you?

If you really care about being a Champion and the spirit of being a Champion then lets get together to improve our older peoples lifestyle in the community

However my principles for Open Doors is simple:

  1. See and treat older people with high support needs as individuals and help them to do the things they want to do. example: Visiting family, storytelling, individuals often have some great fantastic stories and experiences to share.
  2. Build positive relationships with the people you work with. The experience and satisfaction from this is unimaginable. 
  3. Look for the strengths and assets each person has and support them to play an active role in the development and provision of services. Example ask what they want?
  4. Be open to doing things in new ways. Your way might not be the best way?

 See the Video

What is the video about?

The video shows older people with high support needs who live in the community. They talk about what is important in their lives and how they like to be treated.
 
It is based around the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s A Better Life programme The Foundation identified seven key challenges to be addressed for older people with high support needs to achieve a better quality of life:
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpmMawOyONg

  1. Old age is not about ‘them’: it is about all of us
  2. Older people are individuals and they are, as a group, becoming more diverse
  3. Relationships matter to us whatever our age; we have a fundamental human need to connect with others meaningfully
  4. Older people with high support needs have many assets, strengths and resources that they can also bring to the development and provision of services
  5. Whatever our age or support needs, we should all be treated as citizens: equal stakeholders with both rights and responsibilities
  6. The individual and collective voices of older people with high support needs should be heard and given power
  7. We need both to innovate and improve existing models

Social care has a key role to play in meeting these challenges.

A high support need is where person has one or more health conditions or disabilities and they need support from health and/or social care services to live their  lives as they want to

If you are open to progressing this further then please email me at keith.mcmanus@ntlworld.com for future planning.

Thanks and best regards 

Keith

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I all, since sounding out one or two people regarding a Community Champions Choir, I think the time as come to ACT!

Aside from singing in the shower, not many of us get the chance to sing in a group etc, choral groups offer abundant performance opportunities for the amateur vocalist. Its great fun, Relaxing and more importantly creates friendships with others who like singing.

It’s not about competitiveness its about making yourself and others listen to your wonderful melodiousness tones and making the audience smile.

Before you say you cant sing, you can! If you sing in the bath, good. With the right choirmaster in place we can be as good as the Army Wives!!. Although I can’t promise Gareth Malone I will try to find the next best thing, but before doing so we need a choir,

As soon as we get enough people interested. a meeting will be arranged for taking the choir forward.

A bunch of ordinary people entertaining brilliant     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXh7JR9oKVE 

You will get a lot out of the out of the experience:

Asinging_choirPLEASE PLEASE SIGN UP CHRISTMAS NOT FAR AWAY! Those interested could contact myself, keith.mcmanus@ntlworld.com or karanbuller1@hotmail.co.uk

 

 

Welfare Reform The Hidden Agenda by Mo Stewart

This ‘non-medical assessment’ was introduced in 2008 by the Labour government, and was identified as a ‘medical examination’ to be used to identify genuine claimants for long term sickness and disability benefit. However, what was unknown at the time was the fact that the WCA was a continuation of the planned agenda of the previous Thatcher government, whose ultimate goal was the destruction of the Welfare State.(1)

The WCA was promoted as a ‘fitness for work’ assessment for claimants of what was once known as Incapacity Benefit, now re-named as the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

In reality, in order to reduce the welfare budget, the WCA was designed to resist as many sickness benefit claims as possible regardless of confirmed and identified permanent illness or disability. By 2010 the planned DWP welfare budget reduction was deemed to be too slow. The new Coalition Government enhanced the WCA and, following the previous Labour Government’s lead, it became much more difficult to qualify for the ESA(2) as the WCA totally disregarded diagnosis, prognosis or limited life expectancy.

Aided and abetted by the national press, using insidious press headlines to manipulate public opinion(3)(3b), the Coalition Government successfully introduced tyranny, fear and despair to the nation’s most vulnerable people, using a disability assessment model as designed in consultation with Unum [Provident] Insurance; one of the most discredited corporate insurance giants in the world.(4)(4b) At the same time, reported disability hate crimes in the United Kingdom(UK) were rising to record levels.(5)

The full and final draft of the paper can be seen at the following link.

THE HIDDEN AGENDA-a-research-summary-March-2013-FINAL by Mo Stewart University of Leeds Centre for Disability Studies