Caring Activism: A 21st Century Concept of Care
Caring Activism: A 21st Century Concept of Care – a new book for 2016
Written By Peter Limbrick. Edited by Hilton Davis.
This book is a proposal for citizens to join together to support vulnerable children, teenagers, adults and elderly people.
From the back cover: Think of rough sleepers in Europe’s capitals, of teenagers leaving care homes without aftercare, of elderly people struggling alone without family or friends. Think of people displaced by conflict and natural disasters.
How many of these people have autism or cerebral palsy, are blind or deaf, suffer from serious mental or physical illness? Nobody knows. But being ill or disabled brings added risk in these challenging situations and can mean being excluded when some help arrives.
Many of these vulnerable people live beyond the reach of public services and must cope as best they can on their own. This book suggests every citizen has the choice of turning away from their plight or taking action.
Peter Limbrick’s concept of Caring Activism harnesses the commitment and energy typical of activists in other spheres of human concern. Caring activists create power with others rather than working alone.
Foreword by Professor Hilton Davis
This is an important book, because it confronts major problems in our modern world. It is concerned with the plight of the many vulnerable people who are not well supported, because of poorly run services (e.g. hospitals and care homes), drastic cuts to services in times of austerity, or displacement of populations through conflict or natural disaster.
The book portrays these current and crippling problems clearly and succinctly and explains the need for a different approach to helping. Although these issues may seem insurmountable, Peter Limbrick makes a strong case, based upon a notion of common decency, for how they may be addressed. The overall aim of the book is to offer a respectful model that has enormous potential as a holistic vehicle for supporting people who are in need, yet are unlikely to receive the help they require from current services.
Hilton Davis is Emeritus Professor of Child Health Psychology at King’s College London. Before retiring he was head of the Centre for Parent and Child Support at Guy’s Hospital in London. The primary aims of his work were to develop an explicit and simple model of helping in order to enhance the effectiveness of all professions and volunteers involved in supporting children and families. He now lives in Lyme Regis with his wife and spends his time sailing dinghies and rowing Cornish Pilot Gigs.