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In conversation with Pat Charlesworth

Author:
HOLMAN Andrew
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 38(4), December 2010, pp.242-244.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

Pat Charlesworth is a self-advocate and a campaigner. She is one of the London representatives on the National Forum of People with Learning Disabilities. The National Forum is a government-funded body set up as part of the Valuing People programme in order to tell the Government how the programme is working from the perspective of a service user. This interview describes her childhood history, how she became involved in advocacy work, and her feelings about the Valuing People programme and the future of the National Forum. Pat Charlesworth was frequently in trouble as a child, but then started voluntary work which increased her confidence and led to her involvement with advocacy. She is unsure about the ability of the National Forum to tackle the current issues in the spending review and the cuts this will inevitably bring, and wants a National Forum that could bring all the self-advocacy groups and organisations of people with learning disabilities together to speak with one voice to fight the cuts and keep services safe.

Journal article

Cutting day services is not modernisation

Author:
HOLMAN Andrew
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 21(2), 2007, pp.10-11.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

Day services for people with learning disabilities have become targets for cuts by local authorities using the argument that it is modernisation. Yet few people with learning disabilities are in work. The author argues that proper community based-support that meets people's needs and promotes employment opportunities is required.

Journal article

Who cares for us?

Authors:
RANK Eve, HOLMAN Andrew
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 20(3), February 2007, pp.12-13.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

Although carers have received more attention over the past decade, the rights of people with learning difficulties who are carers are still not recognised. The authors describe the campaign 'Who Cares for Us?' which aims to get this changed.

Journal article

Pressures can be good for you

Author:
HOLMAN Andrew
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 9(2), October 1995, p.20.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

When working with people with learning difficulties argues that stress can be good for you.

Journal article

Dreams or expectations?

Author:
HOLMAN Andrew
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 7(3), January 1994, pp.18-19.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

In London, a service for someone with learning difficulties could cost as much as 70,000 pounds a year. Trust managers are beginning to scrutinise these costs. But rather than personalising this funding to meet people's rising expectations, purchasers are returning to bulk buying and standard regimes.

Journal article

Consent to sex: is the law over-protective or just the way it is interpreted?

Author:
HOLMAN Andrew
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 24(4), 2011, pp.6-7.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

Most people support the right of people with a learning disability to have sexual relationships, but there are always concerns about potential abuse. This article highlights a case brought to the Court of Protection to prevent a man having a homosexual relationship, and brings into sharp focus the dilemma of deciding between capacity to consent and the need to protect. The article questions whether the case was more about prejudice against homosexuality than “Alan’s” rights.

Journal article

The loneliness of being someone with learning difficulties

Author:
HOLMAN Andrew
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 22(1), 2008, pp.12-13.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

Making friendships are vital for people to lead full lives. The author considers why there are so few opportunities for people with learning disabilities to meet, despite the government acknowledging the importance of friendship in the Valuing People strategy. The organisation Stars in the Sky, a dating agency for people with learning disabilities, is also briefly described.

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Time for some added value

Authors:
WILLIAMS Jo, HOLMAN Andrew
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 6.9.07, 2007, pp.30-31.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

The authors, the first the Chief Executive of Mencap and the second a member of the Inspired Services (Advocacy Group), debate the achievements of Valuing People policies and the kinds of changes that should be introduced in this year's policy "Refresh".

Journal article

Making decisions gets the thumbs down from the National Forum

Author:
HOLMAN Andrew
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 16(1), 2002, pp.4-5.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

The Lord Chancellor's Department consultation on Making Decisions has caused controversy among interested groups. Provides an update on recent developments.

Book

Trusting independence: a practical guide to independent living trusts

Authors:
HOLMAN Andrew, BEWLEY Catherine
Publisher:
Values Into Action/Community Living
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
47p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Developments in the independent living movement have tended, historically, to exclude people with learning difficulties. Access to Direct Payments and other benefits designed for disabled people is also problematic as people with learning difficulties are perceived as unable to make choices or take control of their own lives. This study looks at examples of people who now live independent lives via independent living trusts. It begins with the people and their stories and goes on to look at: what independent living trusts are; when they are useful; who can get involved; how an independent living trust is set up; and how an independent living trust is set up. Also includes a sample trust deed.

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