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Charity rebranding on less than a shoe string

The chances are you’ve never heard of NAAPS UK, which for almost 20 years had been the national network for an equally under-appreciated form of social care which used to be known as Adult Placement (the ‘AP’ in NAAPS), but more recently as ‘Shared Lives’. (In Shared Lives, an adult in need of support is matched with a compatible registered Shared Lives carer, and they share family and community life, in relationships which can be life-long.)NAAPS had 4,000 members but was always a very small…See More
Jan 27
David Marsden commented on Alex Fox's blog post Could we move beyond gatekeeping in social care?
"I've worked in three different London Boroughs in west, south-west and now north London over the last twelve years supporting people who are recovering from mental illness, most with a diagnosis of schizophrenia or bipolar and almost all of…"
Jul 10, 2011
Alex Fox posted a blog post

Could we move beyond gatekeeping in social care?

Giving individuals the option to control the money which is spent on meeting their needs feels to me to be self-evidently a good thing. There is great – and massively undervalued – expertise in the social work profession, but social care is not like, say, heart surgery, where I would probably be happy for most decisions about my care to be taken by the experts. Social care is more ambitious than heart surgery. It doesn’t just want to help your body function, it wants to be a route you can…See More
Jul 5, 2011
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People Powered Change

This Group is to discuss the BIG Lottery Fund's People Powered Change programme. More details on the programme at http://www.peoplepoweredchange.org.ukSee More
Jul 5, 2011
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Jun 16, 2011
James Derounian commented on Alex Fox's blog post Don't let personalisation go the way of Big Society
"Thanks Alex,   I do agree with you that "The Big Society will stand or fall on how it captures the public’s imagination. So far, the signs aren’t good." My only spin would be to add "The Big Society will stand or fall…"
Mar 10, 2011
Alex Fox replied to julian dobson's discussion Public Administration Select Committee inquiry - crowdsourcing a response in the group Co-design Our Society
"Hi all - please find attached our draft response from NAAPS and see the comments in my blog on this site: http://oursociety.org.uk/profiles/blogs/dont-let-personalisation-go?xg_source=activity ; Alex"
Mar 10, 2011
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Co-design Our Society

A space to capture discussion from our 20 January event in Leeds, and the subsequent ideas platform, and move to action.
Mar 10, 2011
John Popham commented on Alex Fox's blog post Don't let personalisation go the way of Big Society
"Interesting post, Alex. I suspect many of us here would agree that the state, local and national, needs to be modernised, I suppose the political question about this is how far that can be done from within existing structures and institutions, or…"
Mar 7, 2011
Jeff Mowatt commented on Alex Fox's blog post Micro-enterprise and mutuality - a good fit for austerity?
"Alex, Just finding this today, I picked up on your advocacy for micro enterprise and thought you might be interested in a success story in leverage which also delivered proof of concept of the "community interest" approach. It has nothing…"
Mar 7, 2011
Alex Fox posted a blog post

Don't let personalisation go the way of Big Society

I'm sure I'm not the only Our Society member drafting my response to the Public Accounts Select Committee’s inquiry into the Big Society (Fri 18th March) and I was struck by the similarities in the debate about the Big Society and the debate about personalisation in social care.It says something about the policy that the first question the Select…See More
Mar 7, 2011
Alex Fox posted a blog post

The UK needs Homeshare

This week, we launched the new Homeshare good practice guide and calls on government (download them at  http://bit.ly/hqZ7KL). We’ve had some coverage in Community Care magazine:  http://bit.ly/fkNfAr and  http://bit.ly/eGoLLd .In ‘Homeshare’, someone who needs some help to live independently in their own home is matched with someone who has a housing need and can provide a little…See More
Mar 3, 2011
Emma Lees liked Alex Fox's blog post Is it time for time banking?
Feb 22, 2011
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Feb 21, 2011
David Wilcox commented on Alex Fox's blog post Is it time for time banking?
"Thanks Alex for such a helpful explanation of timebanking (which I never entirely grasped) and the issues around mixing paid-for an unpaid volunteering. It is easy for policy people to propose various bundles of solutions, but it takes this sort of…"
Feb 21, 2011
Alex Fox posted a blog post

Is it time for time banking?

Last week I was involved in some Cabinet Office-sponsored discussions about a time banking project being introduced to a local authority area. The idea is to introduce a system to incentivise people to provide low level, good neighbour type support. It would involve helping people to connect with each other and then turning people’s support into credits, which they could use to access council services or leisure activities. In the example that was worked through in the proposal, a young person…See More
Feb 18, 2011

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Charity rebranding on less than a shoe string

Posted on January 27, 2012 at 10:54 0 Comments

The chances are you’ve never heard of NAAPS UK, which for almost 20 years had been the national network for an equally under-appreciated form of social care which used to be known as Adult Placement (the ‘AP’ in NAAPS), but more recently as ‘Shared Lives’. (In Shared Lives, an adult in need of support is matched with a compatible registered Shared Lives carer, and they share family and community life, in relationships which…

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Could we move beyond gatekeeping in social care?

Posted on July 5, 2011 at 12:55 1 Comment

Giving individuals the option to control the money which is spent on meeting their needs feels to me to be self-evidently a good thing. There is great – and massively undervalued – expertise in the social work profession, but social care is not like, say, heart surgery, where I would probably be happy for most decisions about my care to be taken by the experts. Social care is more ambitious than heart surgery. It doesn’t just want to help your body function, it wants to be a route you can…

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We need to raise awareness of Shared Lives

Posted on June 16, 2011 at 17:26 0 Comments

Shared Lives is where a trained and approved Shared Lives carer and their family agrees to include an older or disabled person in their family life, often on a long term basis. There are around 10,000 SL carers in the UK, of which 3,800 are NAAPS members. There are around 10,000 SL carers in the UK, of which 3,800 are NAAPS members. Shared Lives is a great example of an approach to meeting people's support and accommodation needs, which is based on people forming relationships, a household…

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Our new guide to personalisation

Posted on June 16, 2011 at 17:22 0 Comments

We have launched a new guide on personalisation - see www.naaps.org.uk and click News. Meanwhile, as reported in Community Care, Unison have surveyed social workers on personalisation with depressing,results. For too many front line staff, personalisation is still seen as a new set of processes and forms to introduce, rather than as a culture change. Respondents…

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At 11:15 on December 17, 2010, Sophie Ballinger said…

Hi Alex & welcome to Our Society!

This network is in the early stages of development so we'd very much appreciate any comments or suggestions that you have. I've set up a Feedback Forum for this, so please do share your thoughts there.

You can read a bit more about Our Society and what we hope to achieve by having a read of our About Us page.

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