support groups

Care is a contentious policy concept. Numbers of people needing care are rising. Radical change is planned for care policy to increase choice and control through ‘personalisation’. A new conceptual framework is now needed to take forward policy and practice for the twenty-first century if people’s rights and needs are to be met.

Report of a study which investigated interventions designed to support carers with a view to discovering what is known about the outcomes of interventions for carers and the explanatory evidence which exists about how interventions support carers and the contextual factors which influence outcomes.

This report presents the research made by The Young Carers’ Network about young carers projects and services in Scotland. The guide is set out in 5 sections and outlines areas to be considered when planning and developing a service for young carers. It can be used as a planning tool, a checklist or a reference throughout the life of the service. The material can also be useful to support or develop in-house training sessions.

Report combining research, policy and practice gained from a project in Bradford called Sharing Voices. This project was created to help black and ethnic minority (BME) people better understand their mental health needs and develop appropriate solutions. The report is intended to be of use to those commissioning or delivering community development initiatives targeted at people from BME groups with mental health needs.

In a contribution to the JRF's 'social evils' series, Chris Creegan focuses on the social evils of British society experienced by people whose voices are not usually heard. The research used workshops/discussion groups with lone parents, ex-offenders, unemployed and other vulnerable and socially excluded people to explore their personal experiences of living and coping with social evils. Suggestions for overcoming them point to both individual and collective responsibility.

This resource summarises the key findings of a study into the impact drug problems have on the family and siblings. It highlights that the tendency for policy and practice to focus on the individual with the drug problem has eclipsed consideration of the severe and enduring impacts of problem drug use on many families. The full report that this summary is based on is also available in this repository.

Video featuring the story of a service user turned care worker who draws on his own experiences in his work with a Gypsy Traveller support group.

The Right to Control is about disabled people having control over the support they need to live their lives. This consultation aims to look at the best way for disabled adults to access new services, such as individual budgets, which will give them more control over the services they are entitled to.

The consultation is the first step in designing trailblazer sites to find out the best way to deliver the Right to Control. Annexes include a summary of funding streams that could be included in Right to Control trailblazers, case studies and a glossary.

This protocol outlines transformation required to support personalisation, encompassing joint strategic needs assessment, commissioning that stimulates quality provision, and locally agreed approaches using community resources.

Women's Aid is the national domestic violence charity which co-ordinates and supports an England-wide network of over 300 local projects, providing over 500 refuges, helplines, outreach services and advice centres. Our work is built on almost 30 years of campaigning and developing new responses to domestic violence.