Cerebral Palsy? Down’s Syndrome? Autism? – and living in poverty or on the streets?

So, what do you do when you have a disability, meet a major crisis and find over-stretched public services turn you away? You might turn to local charities and NGOs but find they are overwhelmed or do not cater for people who are homeless. What do you do then?

Perhaps a better question is, “What do we do then?”  And then Caring Activism can be part of the answer. Extracts from the book*:

‘Caring activism is proposed as a people-powered movement in which caring activists work in small autonomous Teams or Forums, each focused on an individual vulnerable person or group and with the initiative coming from vulnerable people or concerned people close to them.’

‘A person’s Team would be autonomous, holding power with others to provide effective support to a vulnerable person, but it would not operate in a vacuum. There might be one or more local helping agencies offering some limited or ineffective support. There might be agencies that are not providing support but, in the views of Team members, could be approached to do so.’

‘The caring activist …would have… characteristics that include:

- Wanting to be active in support of a vulnerable person or group

- Creating power with others in autonomous Teams and Forums

- Working effectively in the absence of helping agencies

- Working co-operatively alongside any helping agencies on the scene

- Not being sanctioned or licenced by any authority

- Operating beyond the scope and interests of government

- Being unpaid’


* Caring Activism: A 21st Century Concept of Care

By Peter Limbrick

Edited by Hilton Davis

Available in the Interconnections Bookshop and on Amazon

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