Seni + Nayibis + Marina + Ketanji + Constance + Volodymyr + Szasz + Oxevision + housing + ending ECT +

 

Seni

 

Marina

 

Ketanji

 

Constance Baker Motley

 

Nayibis Mercado Sierra

 

Volodymyr – 13th March

 

Volodymyr – 14th March

 

Revealed: ‘anti-oligarch’ Ukrainian president’s offshore connections

 

Ukraine war makes Lords members richer through arms investments

 

Exclusive: UK firms bankroll arms fair where Russia shows off weapons

 

The libertarian philosophy of freedom is characterized by two fundamental beliefs:

the right to be left alone and the duty to leave others alone.”

Thomas Szasz

 

Gove ‘ashamed’ of Social Housing conditions

 

Cost of living / Record rents and house prices pile pressure on UK households

 

Be part of a brand new NEF housing campaign

 

Why solidarity matters

solidarity does not assume that our struggles are the same struggles, or that our pain is the same pain, or that our hope is for the same future.

Solidarity requires commitment, and work, as well as the recognition that even if we do not have the same feelings, or the same lives, or the same bodies, we do live on common ground”

Sara Ahmed

 

Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions

 

5 steps to a Green New Deal

 

Can randomly selected citizens govern better than elected officials?

 

The law in 60 seconds – legal aid for inquests video

 

Hillsborough law - duty of candour -would this help with our Freedom of information requests?

 

Cannabis, ketamine and speed to be decriminalised in London by Sadiq Khan

 

A shorter working week for Europe

 

Children imprisoned on remand – the stark reality of racial bias

 

Combatting Structural Racism and Classism in Psychiatry: An Interview with Helena Hansen

 

Suman Fernando’s book Institutional racism in psychiatry + clinical psychology

 

How Western Psychology Can Rip Indigenous Families Apart: An Interview with Elisa Lacerda-Vandenborn

 

People deprived of liberty due to misapplication of Mental Health + Capacity Acts

 

As a result of the Bournewood case the Mental capacity act came into being?

The mental capacity act

Assume capacity

Best interest

Least restrictive

People can make what others would consider unwise decisions

Supported decision making

Capacity can easily be assessed

Can someone make a decision?

Can they communicate the decision (not necessarily verbally)?

Can they remember the decision?

-Wendy-

 

Restraint, segregation and seclusion review: progress report

 

Out of sight- who cares?

 

Half of people with a learning disability and autistic people reluctant to provide feedback on care

 

The authority gap: why women still aren’t taken seriously

 

Women disproportionately affected by soaring Mental Health Act detentions

 

Report Finds Monitoring of Electroshock Treatment Unsafe

 

New Study Finds ECT Ineffective for Reducing Suicide Risk

 

We can STOP ECT with lasting power of attorney?

 

A straight-talking introduction to Psychiatric drugs – the truth about how they work + how to come off them – Joanna Moncrieff

 

Provide Tapering Strips for People Who Want to Withdraw Safely from Psychotropic Drugs

 

Petition by James Moore

 

Tapering strips

 

NICE revises antidepressant guidance to warn of 'severe' withdrawal symptoms

 

Long-term antipsychotic use linked to breast cancer

 

Government review finds 10% of drugs dispensed in England are pointless

 

Sedated, How Modern Capitalism Created our Mental Health Crisis - James Davies +

 

Coronavirus and depression in adults, Great Britain: January to March 2021

ONS

Almost 4 in 10 adults earning less than £10,000 a year experienced depressive symptom compared with around 1 in 10 earning £50,000 or more”

The data shows what we know to be true: struggling with your mental health doesn’t happen in a vacuum.

 

Why not Diagnose Social Conditions Instead of Individual Symptoms?

 

The WHO Calls for Radical Change in Global Mental Health

 

Strength based approach

 

oxevision

 

Emotional CPR: Heart-Centered Peer Support

 

Website – Emotional CPR

 

How do we pay for a basic income?

 

Welsh basic income pilot have been published

In a statement from Jane Hutt, Minister for Social Justice

The pilot will be targeted at care leavers

All young people leaving care that turn 18 over a 12 month period starting this summer will be invited to participate

That is expected to be about 500 people

Participants will receive the payments for 24 months starting from the month after their 18th birthday

A £1,600 a month basic income will be paid each month

 

A friend – walking for health

Thrive gardening charity

Castelnau Community Centre

Oliver Sacks

Suicide + co

 

£1 Concession Tickets for Kew Gardens

As part of their new 10-year strategy, Kew Gardens is committed to ensuring that cost is not a barrier to accessing their gardens in both Kew and Wakehurst.

They have introduced a new admission price of £1 for anyone on Universal Credit, Pension Credit or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

Visitors just need to present proof of their benefit on arrival to be eligible for the new concessionary ticket.

 

Ian – Wild Mind Project

The Wild Mind Project March Newsletter – supporting the emotional & mental wellbeing of the young people

 

Striving for a better right to repair

Here's how we'll fix our relationship with electronics

Repair connects us all 🌍🌎

 

You found what in a nestbox? Weird finds revealed

Foraging finds for March and New Course Dates

Enabling climate action

From centre for alternative technology

For more than 45 years CAT has inspired, informed and enabled people to achieve practical solutions for sustainability.

Springtime hits: your ultimate guide to birdsong

 

Your space for amazing art this month

 

Our latest podcast episode + celebrating creative rebellion 💫

 

Request your Grow Well pack today

 

Want to take part in Totally Thames or Tide Changers this September? Apply by 24 March

 

Your gardening update from the RHS

 

 

Community based organisations + community recommended organisations

 

Ron Bassman, Executive Director of MindFreedom International Addresses United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

 

Notwestminster

Create, Debate and Imagine a different local democracy

CITIZENS : Why the key to fixing everything is all of us

 

F.E.E.L. - Friends of East End Loonies

 

Antidepaware

 

A Caring Mind | A blog for carers of mental health

 

ADOODLE- community mapping

 

 

Poverty eradication organisations + self-expression

 

 

Project 16:15

 

Right here

Community power act

Free event 29th + 30th March

 

Joseph Rowntree foundation (JRF)

Why the Chancellor shouldn't cut Universal Credit

Including Economic (in)justice explainer video – A redesigned economy

Why we need a new conversation about social security

A Minimum Income Standard for the United Kingdom in 2021

Why we must #MakeJobsWork

The biggest overnight cut to the basic rate of social security since the Second World War

People living in social housing claiming Universal Credit are struggling to afford the essentials

Why we must #KeepTheLifeline and what you can do to help

House prices see their biggest annual rise in decades, and rents are up too

New analysis exposes impact of planned Universal Credit cut

"The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, you must Keep the Lifeline"

Rashford targets a win on Universal Credit

what's causing structural racism in housing?

it's going to be a “very difficult winter” for low-income families

less than a week for the Government to #KeepTheLifeline

Biggest ever overnight cut to social security makes a mockery of levelling up

Invest in social housing for almost 1 million families paying private rents they can't afford

Millions of low-income households pulled under by arrears while living costs rise

A tale of two Budgets for low-income families

A just transition to net zero is necessary, and key for maintaining public support

Paving the way for good jobs through participatory co-design

Including Navigating power dynamics within participatory projects + Where next for social security after recent Universal Credit announcements?

Winning hearts and minds for decent, affordable housing

Families furthest below the minimum income standard excluded from social security gains

Inflation is pushing people deeper into poverty

Including housing ideas

UK Poverty 2022 out now

 

Elections Bill could disenfranchise millions of voters

 

Journey to justice project

 

addressing poverty with lived experience (APLE)

 

Allow all people to work flexibly if they want to - PETITION

 

Trussell trust

Ending the need for food banks. Can we count on you?

Record 2.5 million food bank parcels given to people in crisis in the past year

Caroline’s voice matters

95% of people referred to food banks in our network are living in destitution – CONTACT YOUR MP

Have you personally needed a food bank or experienced poverty?

Are you ready to support us to Keep the Lifeline? – EMAIL MP

Here is why we are calling on the UK government to #KeeptheLifeline!

Survey

 

Why the design of Universal Credit is driving the need for food banks

 

Urge your MP to write to the Chancellor ahead of the Spring Statement

 

Calling on the UK government to urgently bring benefit levels in line with the rate of inflation – EMAIL MP

 

Paying your energy bills: help is at hand

 

A Marshall Plan for People and Planet Starts with Africa’s Green Recovery

 

National Survivors User Network (NSUN)

NSUN is a great organisation with a great newsletter …

You can sign up to it here ….

 

Extracts from the newsletters …

 

Whiteness as a chemical restraint in statutory guidance of the Mental Health units (Use of Force) Act 2018 – a tribute to Seni’s law + Aijibola Lewis

Blog by Colin King via NSUN

 

Why don’t they ask us? The role of communities in levelling up - Institute for Community Studies

 

Provide Tapering Strips for People Who Want to Withdraw Safely from Psychotropic Drugs

Petition by James Moore

 

Tapering strips

 

Petition to Scrap Care Charges Inclusion London

 

NSUN side by side fund

 

StopSIM Coalition Petition

Coronavirus and depression in adults, Great Britain: January to March 2021

ONS

Almost 4 in 10 adults earning less than £10,000 a year experienced depressive symptom compared with around 1 in 10 earning £50,000 or more”

The data shows what we know to be true: struggling with your mental health doesn’t happen in a vacuum.

New website – For Women

Benefits Calculator – Turn2us

No longer 'managing': the rise of working poverty and fixing Britain's broken social settlement

Why aren't women of colour believed when they address mental health issues?

Article by Natalie Morris via Metro

The state of disability benefit assessments and the urgent need for reform - #peoplebefore process

Write to your MP

Keeping Control resource for anyone who has experienced abuse, victimisation or hate crime directed at them because of their mental distress or psychiatric diagnosis

The Public Law Project

The Good Lobby

Social Change Initiative

Petition - Create a user-led, independent body to support CQC to monitor secure settings

Sunderland People First

Guidance on community mental health services: Promoting person-centred and rights-based approaches

World Health Organisation (WHO) – NSUN’s response

Lived Experience Practioners Revolution - New Website

LXP Revolution

UNIVERSAL CREDIT: WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE TO MAKE IT FIT FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES?

Mental Health Act: Call for "unequivocal commitment " to improve access to advocacy

Disability Benefits Research 2021 - Survey

Translations of resources on hearing voices – Hearing the Voice & Understanding Voices

Jacqui Dyer: It’s not OK to replace paid LXP staff with Unpaid Service Users

Is it time for an LXP Union?

Update on FOI Requests: Who's Ballin' & Who's Stallin?

 

Improving safety and quality in community mental healthcare study

Contact phoebe.averill@kcl.ac.uk

 

Deep concern’ over high-tech system that allows ‘covert surveillance’ of service-users

Article by John Pring via Disability News Service

Shuranjeet Singh: Reshaping approaches to mental health in Punjabi communities

Podcast with Shuranjeet Singh via Centre for Mental Health

From Where We Stand: Conversations on race and mental health

Podcast with Shaimaa Kraba via From Where We Stand

To Solve Britain’s Mental Health Crisis, We Must Fundamentally Change Society

Article by Mark Brown via Novara Media (Listen to the piece here)

I am not your critical friend

Blog by Akiko hart via Charity so White

 

WillWeBeHeard?

 

Why disability justice is a mental health conversation, and mental health is a disability justice conversation

Blog by Ellie Thompson via NSUN

Refugee and Migrant Wellbeing with Benny Hunter from Da'aro Youth

Podcast with Benny Hunter via The Eriwellbeing Podcast

Against the binary: Trans people of colour shouldn’t have to neglect parts of their identity in therapy

Article by Yas Necati via gal-dem

NHS trusts criticised over system that films mental health patients in their bedrooms

Article by David Batty via The Guardian

Abolition of State Power, Regardless of the Uniform

Article by Liv Wynter & Ros B via NSUN

The impossibility of engaged research: Complicity and accountability between researchers, ‘publics’ and institutions

 

Seni’s Law: Long awaited guidance published on new law to protect mental health patients comes into force 31 March 2022

 

T4H Challenging Inequalities Programme

Jan + Feb + March 2022 contact mike@talkforhealth.co.uk

 

Get involved in social work research

contact swresearchpodcast@gmail.com

 

Let's Talk About Loss

Blog via Raveeta writes

 

Government’s failure on job support for disabled people is ‘unacceptable’, MPs hear

Article by John Pring via Disability News Service

 

We Don’t All Have the Same Hours In A Day

Article by Edi Whitehead via Taking Time

 

Joint statement on the impact of video & audio links in criminal proceedings on defendants with learning difficulties, neurodiversity or mental health issues

Mental health, activism and intersectionality: new podcasts

Listen to part 1

Listen to part 2

Book Review: Voices that Shake! A triology of youth led publications

Review by Kaiisha Kukendra via NSUN

 

Uninstalling Normality

Blog by Dolly Sen via Digita Democratices

 

How much I Hide in Plain Sight

Podcast by Rai Waddingham via Mad Tunes Podcast

 

Activism and the Ego – how to deal with frustration about lack of change

Article by David Gilbert viaInHealth Associates

 

How I learnt of Revolutionary Love

Article by Guppi Kaur Bola via Medium

 

Graceful resolve: Attitudes for navigating a psychological crisis

Article by Amy Pollard via Centre for Mental Health

 

How can I speak up when you can hold me down? Restrictive practice on an acute ward – an inpatient perspective

Blog by MiserySquid via Mad Covid

 

Patching the Soul

Article by Linda Gask

 

Plural Me

Blog by David Mordecai

 

Open Access workshop: Human rights in children’s inpatient MH services – 16th May +13th July

 

World Bipolar day – 30th March 2022

 

Training – 20th22nd April

 

NSUN to host Synergi Phase 2 in partnership with Catalyst 4 Change

 

DBC responds to The Uses of Health and Disability Benefits report

Article by Disability Benefits Consortium

 

A Little Raw Around the Edges

Podcast with Rai Waddingham via Mad Tunes Podcast

 

Disability strategy is unlawful, court confirms… and denies DWP permission to appeal

Article by John Pring via Disability News Service

 

Sometimes I want to be unreasonable

Blog via Mad Covid

 

My ADHD diagnosis isn’t ‘wrong’ and it isn’t an ‘identity’ for you to challenge

Blog by RoseAnnieFlo via Animated and Excitable

 

Free advice - for upholding adults' Health and Care Act rights

 

Loneliness – themed photo project on show in Wakefield

Article via Amateur Photographer

 

Secret DWP report reveals unmet needs of disability benefit claimants

Article by John Pring via Disability News Service

 

A Philosophy of Madness’ Book Forum: Part One

Book review by Jeremy Spandler via The Polyphony

 

The future of the online community forum – 23rd March

 

Service User Involvement and COVID-19—An Afterthought?

Open Access Article in The British Journal of Social Work

 

Losing Myself: Mental Health in a Hostile Environment – Episode 1: The Journey

Podcast by Yeser via The Advocacy Project & Migrants Organise

 

Tokenistic’ service-user involvement must be addressed, says report

Article by John Pring via Disability News Service

 

Caught in a Trap: Psychiatric Sabotage

Article by Liam Kirk via Asylum Magazine

 

Magical thinking and moral injury: exclusion culture in psychiatry

Follow-up blog by Dr Chloe Beale & Ellen Thomas via Cambridge Core Blog

 

Survey – Bipolar UK

 

Hive: creative minds, participatory research 23rd + 24th March

 

Shout About Your Data Rights

Article by Jenni Ajderian via Recovery in the Bin

 

New concerns over equality watchdog as it scraps disability committee

Article by John Pring via Disability News Service

 

 

Write to your MP to fix the cost of living

 

23rd March

 

Crashing by Design

Piece by Liam Kirk via Bridging Divides

 

Willful Subjects*: Decolonizing the Psychiatric Institution

Panel discussion viaBarnard Center for Research on Women

 

Government bows to pressure over accessible versions of Human Rights Act consultation

Article by John Pring via Disability News Service

 

Celebrating Seni’s Law: A testament to Ajibola Lewis – Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018 Coproduction and race equality – 31st March

 

Report: We're just numbers to them – The DWP failure to investigate death and serious harm

 

 

Write to your MP to fix the cost of living – turn2us

 

Submissions for a special international edition

 

Recruitment – Experience based investigation and Co-design of approaches to Prevent and reduce Mental Health Act Use

 

+ Jobs + Funding + MUCH MUCH MORE

 

Build Back Fairer in Greater Manchester: Health Equity and Dignified Lives

 

Survivor Researcher Network (SRN)

 

Inclusion London

Tell your MP to restore Disabled people’s rights

Protect Everyone Bill – EMAIL MP

Take Action and abolish the tax on disability – EMAIL MP

Government rule changes on social care cap hits poorest hardest – EMAIL MP

 

Shaping our lives

Opportunities for user-led organisations

Tickboxes and tokenism? Our new report

Hear me out

March insight

 

Z2K – fighting poverty – EMAIL MP

Z2K has caseworker to help people

#Peoplebeforeprocess

 

 

Homelessness + renter organisations

 

Action on empty homes

 

Housing first England

New guidance for housing management teams

Housing First England Newsletter - New Survey Alert

Housing First England Newsletter - Minister responds to funding request

Housing First England Newsletter - Join our call for a national Housing First programme

Housing First England Newsletter - Commissioning Housing First through RSI budgets

Michelle – housing first

Update

 

Groundswell

Michelle – housing first

 

Pavement magazine

 

Shelter

End homelessness – PETITION

Here’s the statistics:

24% of private renters have had to borrow money to pay their rent

18% have cut back on food or skipped meals to pay their rent

12% have cut back on heating their home to pay their rent

 

Our research shows the true scale of the problem.

That 3.2 million people from across the country have been forced to live in dangerous or unhealthy privately rented homes because they fear complaining will trigger a retaliatory eviction.

That's 39% of all private renters.

Too scared to complain for fear of losing their home, the effects of insecure tenancies and 'no-fault' Section 21 evictions hang over every renter's head.

Contact your MP today asking for their support

Social Housing – CONTACT YOUR MP

#EndDSSDiscrimination

Time to open up, OpenRent! – EMAIL

2,688 sleeping rough during the pandemic

Sign to protect renters’ rights – PETITION

Survey

Do you have a renting horror story?

Want to challenge DSS Discrimination?

Eviction ban lifted – INFORMATION

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: Demand better from renting - PETITION

Meet Krystalrose – she's fighting for change

Shelter’s new campaigns and organising training programme – YOUR IDEAS NEEDED

Today, 1 in every 52 Londoners is living in temporary accommodation.

This is costing huge amounts of money and doesn’t provide the stability or security families need to thrive.

I'm done with renting because…

Let’s build a better future: Call on the government to build social housing - PETITION

What happened to ‘Everyone In’?

23% left without any move on accommodation and may be at risk of returning to the streets or forced to turn to insecure arrangements like sofa surfing 22% remain in emergency accommodation

23% of those still in emergency accommodation have No Recourse to Public Funds and are stuck without access to homelessness assistance or housing benefit, meaning it is hard for them to move on to a secure home

45% of England’s private renting adults – that's 3.7 million people – have been the victim of illegal behaviour from a landlord or letting agent.

Michael Gove: New Housing Secretary of State – SIGN OPEN LETTER

Fix renting

Build social housing

Help people at risk of sleeping rough

 

Are letting agents refusing you for being on benefits?

Next step contact the property ombudsman (TPO)

EMAIL MP

These stats are shocking!

Jenga

Will you help us get council leaders to support renters?

London Assembly Unanimously Passes Motion on Affordable Housing for Care and Support Workers

A good Home is a human right

 

Level Up Housing

On the 2nd Feb 2022, the government released its plans to ‘level up’ the country.

It included three very important announcements on housing:

Build more genuinely affordable social homes

Give tenants of social homes more protection

Bring forward a national landlord registry, improve standards in privately rented homes and strengthen the rights of renters

 

Gove ‘ashamed’ of Social Housing conditions

 

I’m being evicted – EMAIL MINISTER

 

Museum of homelessness

 

Don't leave young people out on the streets – PETITION

 

London Renters Union

Louise

We beat my landlord. Now let’s take on the system.

 

Be a part of challenging 'Right to Rent' in court

Contact rowan@leighday.co.uk

 

We're campaigning to make sure councils #SideWithRenters

 

Evicted after 47 years - PETITION

 

Generation Rent

CAMPAIGN UPDATE: National Register of Landlords

Private renters in nine London boroughs face paying half of their income or more on rent, analysis by campaign group Generation Rent has found.

Rent on the typical two-bedroom home costs 45% of a full-time salary in London.

Campaigners say this pushes families into poverty and financial stress, and makes it harder to save or to start a family.

Paying more than a third of your income in rent is considered unaffordable.

Generation Rent is calling on the next Mayor of London to lead a campaign to demand powers from the government to reduce rents.

Measures would include freezing rents within tenancies, to give tenants more certainty, a rent control system that aims to reduce rents overall, and tough penalties for landlords who break the rules, overseen by a city-wide Rent Control Board.

In March 2020, the rent on the median 2-bedroom home in London was £1450 and the median full-time salary was £38,592.

That would mean that a single-earner family with a baby would be spending 45% of their earnings on rent.

The situation is worst in inner London, Newham and Haringey where this figure is above 50% and reaches 76% in Westminster.

The most affordable borough is Bexley, with median rent worth 33% of the median full-time salary.

However, affordability has improved over the last five years, with just five boroughs – Camden, Greenwich, Havering, Redbridge, and Westminster – becoming less affordable since 2015.

Alicia Kennedy, Director of Generation Rent, said: “High rents force people into poverty and make it almost impossible to save towards the future.

No one should have to spend more than 30% of their income on rent, yet this is a reality for most Londoners who are stuck in the private rented sector.

Londoners urgently need bold action to make renting more affordable. Investment in housebuilding is needed to make renting more affordable long-term, but rent controls would offer immediate protection and relief.”

Join our Day of Action - #RentersAreWaiting - PETITION

Since March 2020, 8% of private renters who responded to a Survation survey had received a Section 21 notice from their landlord, which would represent 694,000 private renters across England.

Nearly a third of those surveyed (32%) said they were concerned about the possibility of their landlord asking them to move out this year, which would represent 2.78m private renters across England.

The survey was commissioned by Generation Rent, with results published this week.

We need a COVID Rent debt fund - PETITION

Join us in preventing a homelessness crisis – PETITION

A new report, 'A safe place to call home: Ending unfair evictions for good'.

The report sets out the changes the Government must make to ensure every renter has access to a stable home where they can put down roots and thrive.

You can read all about the report here.

We are calling for:

Open ended tenancies

More time to find a new home

Compensation for a blameless move

No excessive rent increases to force an eviction

No mandatory evictions for people in rent debt

We value your opinion

Close the holiday let tax loophole - PETITION

Renters are being forced out of their homes to make way for more lucrative holidaymakers.

We have been able to get the research done to prove it!

In the last two years rental listings in Wales and South West England have halved and rents have gone up by around 25%.

That's one of our findings that have been reported in today's i newspaper

In North Devon there are 2,591 short-term holiday lets but just 21 private rental listings on Rightmove and 30 on Zoopla.

In Gwynnedd, Wales, there are 4,007 holiday lets but just 99 homes for private tenants.

 

The collapse in the supply of homes to rent are pricing renters out of their local communities – away from their family and friends.

Renter reform coalition – EMAIL MP

Tell your MP we need homes not hotels

Parliamentary debate: help us protect vulnerable renters (Content warning: sexual offences) - PETITION

Ask your MP to protect vulnerable renters (Content warning: sexual offences)

Campaign win! Government to require landlords to register

Vent Your Rent

'Sex for rent' public consultation

 

Single Homelessness Project

 

Helping rough sleepers – PETITION

 

Close the eviction loophole - PETITION

You can sign a petition without making a donation

 

Cardboard citizen

Cardboard citizen – Writers ‘circle

1st + 3rd Thursday every month

Contact Bonny@cardboardcitizens.org.uk
07421 383 770

Advice about Evictions

Cheap broadband deals

Cardboard Citizens: Survey for Members

 

Cardboard Citizens' Inclusivity & Equality Agenda

In recent years movements such as Black Lives Matter and #metoo have prompted shifts in our society and highlighted the work that needs to be done to address social inequality.

As a result Cardboard Citizens Staff, Board of Trustees and Member Representatives have completed a course of training over the last six months with Fearless Futures

This focused on understanding and unpicking systems of inequity (the behaviours and processes which have a harmful or negative impacts on marginalised groups), reflecting on our own practices as individuals and an organisation.

 

Through these sessions we have explored:

Privilege

Intersectionality

where different categories overlap such as race and gender resulting in multiple forms of oppression

Gender-norms

Racism and Anti-Racism

Colonialism

Calling people in’

i.e., challenge prejudices or narratives that reproduce inequities

Social justice is at the heart to Cardboard Citizens’ work in the theatre and beyond.

We continue to learn, striving to create inclusive environments and challenge oppressions in society.

This is a key area of focus for the company and we would love to involve some more Members in these conversations.

If you’re interested being part of this and for more information, please email Bonny: Bonny@cardboardcitizens.org.uk

Community check-in every Friday

Access Free Energy Bill Support

Update

 

Spear

Update

Including paid opportunities to train in theatre

 

WATCH: Eight brand new short films about social housing

Ella shares her story

Freddie shares his story

Read Louisa's story

 

Glassdoor

Just say hello

30th March

 

Renters reform coalition

 

 

Creative + nature + advocacy

 

Your latest update from The Poetry Society

 

Dragon Café

The Winter Projects Last Week!❄

 

Garden organic

 

Groundwork

Groundwork is a federation of charities mobilising practical community action on poverty and the environment across the UK.

We’re passionate about creating a future where every neighbourhood is vibrant and green, every community is strong and able to shape its own destiny and no-one is held back by their background or circumstances.

START THE NEW YEAR WITH A WARMER HOME

Charities unite to urge for a green and resilient response to the gas crisis

Energy price cap announcement is deeply concerning for those already brunt of rising bills and the continuing financial effect of the pandemic

Apply for a One Stop University Scholarship

 

Re:CREATE psychiatry

 

Living with Suicide

 

Me and You and a Global Pandemic

 

Medicating Me: Personal Impressions of Psychiatric Medication

 

Speakeasy advocacy

 

The Advocacy Project

culturally sensitive advocacy

preventing abuse

Moving personal stories

impactful video

reflections on advocacy during Covid

 

Breaking taboos: talking about men + women’s health – 30th March +

 

National Development Team for Inclusion

Advocacy Charter

Leeds Autism AIM: #PowerOfPartnership

NAC – Guidance regarding emotional enrichment

Staying mentally well this winter

Quality advocacy

Audit of MH services – PLEASE COMPLETE

Protect Our Human Rights

This resource helps mental health services think about how to provide a good service to autistic people and people with learning disabilities.

There’s more information about it at Green Light Toolkit - NDTi

 

 

People organised + information

 

 

Connected Kingston – including providing information about Legal drop-in clinic + welfare benefits information

 

Wildflower Alliance

Calling the police on someone in distress IS a threat of violence

"How Big Pharma & Psychiatry Gaslight Us"

Man Arrested in Mistaken Identity Case Locked in Hawaii Mental Health Hospital for Two Years

 

November, 2021

Including International Conference on Psychiatric drug withdrawal – May 2022

 

Open Letter Re: Shooting Death of Orlando Taylor

 

What We’re Still Getting Wrong About What Happened to Orlando Taylor III

 

March, 2022

 

Mad in the Family Monthly Newsletter, Jan/Feb 2021

 

Mad in America

This week’s newsletter here

Social Security and Asylum: How States Produce Negative Affect to Stigmatize and Deter
“From the Victorian workhouse to contemporary welfare reforms, the provision of ‘welfare’ has long coexisted alongside policies and practices that mobilize negative affect to deter specific groups from claiming state support, and to craft public affect (such as fear and disgust) about these target populations.”

 

My Letter to an Advocate for Involuntary Treatment

 

How long would I have to be off meds and still doing well before my story would mean something to you?

 

The WHO Calls for Radical Change in Global Mental Health

 

The Transformational Qualities of Hearing Voices Groups

 

BMJ: 20% of Health Research Is Fraudulent

Robert Whitaker: Anatomy of an Industry: Commerce, Payments to Psychiatrists and Betrayal of the Public Good

Pharmaceutical companies are no longer attempting to hide their financial influence.

The face of commerce is visible at every stage of the process: the biased design of the trials, the spinning of the results, and the subsequent touting of the drugs to prescribers.

 

Antipsychotics Linked to Increased Breast Cancer Risk

 

Coercion and Dehumanization in Mental Healthcare

Combatting Structural Racism and Classism in Psychiatry: An Interview with Helena Hansen

MIA interviews psychiatrist and anthropologist Helena Hansen about bringing structural competency to psychiatry while rebuilding communities through activism and mutual aid.

 

Can Critiques of Psychiatry Help us Imagine a Post-Capitalist Future? An Interview with Hans Skott-Myhre

 

Responsibility Without Blame in Therapeutic Communities: Interview with Philosopher Hanna Pickard

 

Reason and Madness: How Psychiatry Marginalizes Those Who Contradict Western Norms

 

Art, Music, Exercise, and More: What Are the Recommended Doses for Improving Mental Health?

 

How Western Psychology Can Rip Indigenous Families Apart: An Interview with Elisa Lacerda-Vandenborn

 

Research Reveals Mental Health Professionals’ Participation in Rape Culture

 

Emotional CPR: Heart-Centered Peer Support

 

Inside A Forensic Psychiatry Unit: Here’s How to Survive

 

Lithium No Better Than Placebo for Preventing Suicide Attempts

 

Lithium, Antidepressants, Esketamine—All No Better Than Placebo?


Qualitative Evidence Supports the Ban on Conversion Therapy in Canada

Adverse Childhood Experiences Associated with Higher Anxiety in College Students

What Role can the United Nations Play in Rights-Based Global Mental Health?

 

When It Comes to Mental Health Problems, The Disability Framework Fails

 

Mental Health Care Must Support Consent and Basic Human Rights

 

The Psychiatric Hospital Is an Institution of Social Control

 

Common Statistical Method Conflates Withdrawal with Relapse

 

New Review: Antidepressants Come with Minimal Benefits, Several Risks

Family Physicians Must Change Antidepressant Prescribing Practices

Person-Centered Approach to Psychopathology Eschews Diagnosis

 

The Crisis in Psychiatry and The Slow Way Back: Interview with Vincenzo Di Nicola

 

Consumer Regret

 

When Tapering Antidepressants, is Going Slow Always the Best Strategy?

 

Ketamine Withdrawal Has Severe Consequences

 

The Year Of Potentiality

 

Inside A Forensic Psychiatry Unit: The Ground Where Death Meets Life

 

For Life: Opera on Psychiatry and Its Drugs

 

Unscientific Diagnoses Medicalize Normal Human Experiences

 

Can Anything Good Come Out of Therapy?

 

Critical Psychology for a Better Society: An Interview with Sebastienne Grant

 

De-Psychiatrization and the Promise of Open Dialogue

 

Ekaterina Netchitailova: "Mental Health” Is a Euphemism for Policing Social Deviance

Chuck Ruby: When It Comes to Mental Health Problems, The Disability Framework Fails: A Response to Comments

SSRI Antidepressants Do Not Improve Depression After a Stroke

 

Why We Need a Neurodiverse Philosophy of Autistic Happiness

 

Navigating the meaning of psychosis important for recovery

 

Guardianship Destroyed My Family

 

The Other Side of the Cage

 

Fireside Project: Peer Support for Psychedelic Experiences

 

Understanding the Youth Mental Health Crisis: An Interview with Elia Abi-Jaoude

 

No Meaningful Brain Differences in Depression

 

New NICE Guidelines for ECT Are Dangerously Inadequate, Say 50 Patients and Professionals

 

August 20, 1985: The Day My Psychotic Episodes Ended

Grief: A Shamanic Perspective

How Socioeconomic Class Affects Therapy

Clinicians and Patients Often Disagree on Mental Health Outcomes

Psychiatry and Psychology Fail in Response to Farmer Suicides in India

Online Debates on Psychiatric Diagnosis Often Rely on Rhetoric Instead of Facts

 

Home Alone: Finding Connection During the Pandemic

Why Is Child Sexual Abuse So Common in Institutions?

Why Is Psychiatry So Defensive About Criticism?

Did Pharma Companies Hide Failed ADHD Drug Studies From Regulators?

Study Discovers Extensive Undisclosed Conflicts of Interest in Medical Research

 

Roll-out of 988 Threatens Anonymity of Crisis Hotlines

 

Johann Hari: Stolen Focus – Why You Can’t Pay Attention

 

Major Review Finds Limited Effectiveness for Medication and Therapy

 

Evidence Distortion in Medicine Explained in One Single Chart

Negative Antidepressant Trials Still Unlikely to Be Published

Shifting Away from ECT and Antidepressants for Depression

 

Put Psyche Back Into Psychiatry and Add Psychological Intimacy

 

The New DSM Is Coming and That Isn’t Good News

 

Michael Hengartner – Evidence-biased Antidepressant Prescription

 

Inside a Forensic Psychiatry Unit: Earning the Right to Sleep on the Floor

 

Jane Engleman: Consternation of the Bees

Christine Burnett: The Danger of Marginalizing People

Philip Hickey: Why Is Psychiatry So Defensive About Criticism? Part 2

 

Susan Inman Is at It Again

 

Read Rebuts Biased ECT Defenders

 

The Medicalization of Women’s Suffering: An Interview with Dana Becker

 

Can the Psychodynamic Manual Move Therapy Beyond the DSM?

 

How Providers Can Support Psychiatric Drug Discontinuation

 

John Read: Fear and Loathing in the ECT Debate

James Knochel: Malignant Do-Gooderism: The Tragedies of Allopathic Psychiatry

Michael Hengartner: Regulators Are Approving Drugs Without Clear Evidence That They Work

 

Research News: Ketamine No Better Than Placebo for Reducing Suicidal Ideation in Depression

 

I Made It Out Alive

 

Medicating Preschoolers for ADHD: How “Evidence-Based” Psychiatry Has Led to a Tragic End

 

Ibrahim Ba: The Unveiling of the Truth: A Journey Into the Invisible World

Richard Vernall: Collateral Damage: The Negative Impact of Antidepressants on New Zealand Youth

Evidence Lacking for Mobile Mental Health Apps

 

Toxic Marketing: The Business of Selling TMS

 

How Psychiatry Perpetuates a Culture of Exclusion

 

Addressing Cultural Bias in the Treatment of Personality Disorders

 

The Censors Are Coming for Mental Health

 

MIA’s Suicide Hotline Transparency Project

 

Robert Spitzer on DSM-III: A Recently Recovered Interview

 

Official Guidelines on Antidepressant Discontinuation Fail Practitioners and Patients

Sexual Assault at Any Age is a Risk Factor for Psychosis

Dying to Stay Alive: A Ketamine Disaster

 

For the Love and Care of the People: An Interview with Vanessa Green on Call BlackLine Organizing

 

How Effective Are Therapy and Medication, and What Do They Treat?

 

Inside a Forensic Psychiatry Unit: Access to the Courts—A Right and Survival Tool

 

Esketamine: Dangers and Lingering Questions

Pharmaceutical Industry Corruption Goes Beyond Conflicts of Interest

Racism Evident in Patient Health Records

A “Mass Possession” Event in Nicaragua Exposes Inadequacy of Western Mental Health Approaches

Desperate Remedies

The Looting of “Outsider Art” by Psychiatry Continues Today

Anti-Psychiatry, Szasz, Torrey, Biederman & the Death of Freethinking

The Social Unconscious and Character Formation in Neoliberal Culture: An Interview with Lynne Layton

 

Hearing voices network (HVN)

AGM – 2nd April 2022

contact info@hearing-voices.org

 

London HVN Network Meeting (online) - Weds 23 March

'Alternatives to Suicide' - online workshop 22 April

with lots more events

 

Spiritual crisis Network (SCN)

 

National SCN Community Forum

 

London SCN

29 March

 

Social Prescribing Network

 

 

Self- development

 

Action for Happiness

happier – kinder – together

 

Mindful March

10 keys to happier living groups

10 days of happiness

How to live mindfully, even in stressful times

How to feel part of something bigger every day

Happy Planet Index

 

self-compassion - 22nd March

 

Making time to be mindful helps us reduce stress levels,

by turning our focus to the here and now, rather than dwelling on the past or future.

 

Oxford Mindfulness Centre

The qualities of kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity are the attitudinal foundations and qualitative tone of mindfulness.

Cultivating these qualities plays a central role in freeing the mind from patterns that create and recreate distress?”

 

The richest human isn’t the one who has the most, but the one who needs less.

Wealth is a mindset.

Want less and appreciate more today.

 

Latest News from the Coalition for Personalised Care

Including events

 

Angel + Marc

 

5 Quotes for Coping with Things You Can't Control

Today, use frustration and disappointment to motivate you rather than annoy you.

Breathe and be mindful.

You are in control of the way you respond to life.

It’s not what you broadcast to everyone else that determines the trajectory of your life;

it’s what you whisper to yourself behind closed doors that has the greatest power and influence.

Some people will never understand, and it’s not your job to teach or change them.

Prioritize your peace.

Learning to let go of certain expectations and detach from certain people, are two of the great paths to inner peace.

Your worth is not dependent on someone else’s ability to be kind and loving.

Accept this, and start acknowledging your own worth.

Stop waiting for others to tell you how important you are.

Tell yourself today, and believe it.

The goal this year is to gradually change your response to what you can't control.

To grow stronger on the inside, so that almost nothing on the outside can affect your inner peace and wellness without your conscious permission.

 

Our perspective on just about everything comes from the psychological cage we’ve been conditioned to live in.

A cage created by...

A difficult or disappointing experience

A privileged or sheltered life

Social influence

Pop-culture and mass-media stereotyping

And the list goes on.

Gradually, unbeknownst to us, our cage—our conditioning—drains our mental energy, leaving us vulnerable to bad decision making?

 

When we were young, we saw the world through simple, hopeful eyes.

We knew what we wanted and we had no biases or concealed agendas.

We liked people who smiled.

We avoided people who frowned.

We ate when we were hungry, drank when we were thirsty, and slept when we were tired.
As we grew older our minds became gradually disillusioned by negative external influences?

At some point we began to hesitate and question our instincts?

 

Our minds are incredibly powerful.

They can bring us down or lift us up at a moment’s notice.

How we think about things literally changes everything we do on a daily basis!

Whenever I’m coaching someone who’s struggling in the trenches, I gracefully shift their focus from what they don’t want to what they DO want.

I remind them that what you focus on grows stronger in your life, and that the best time to focus on the positive and take responsibility for your happiness is when you don’t feel like it.

Because that’s when doing so can make the biggest difference.

 

Sometimes you simply have to let go and accept the feeling of not knowing exactly where you’re going next, and do your best to appreciate this freedom.

Because it is only when you are suspended in the air, with no destination in sight, that you force your wings to open fully so you can fly.

And as you soar around you still may not know exactly where you’re travelling to.

But that’s not what’s important.

What’s important is the opening of your wings.

You may not know where you’re headed, but you know that so long as your wings are spread, the winds will carry you forward.

 

4 More Relationship Truths for Tough Times

Resentment hurts you, not them

Sometimes walking away is the only path forward

Some relationships will be blessings, others will serve as lessons

Even the best relationships don’t last forever.

 

3 Hidden Behaviours that Harm Your Relationships

Using complaints and disagreements as an opportunity to condemn each other?

Using hateful gestures as a substitute for honest communication?

The silent treatment?

 

Healing in Your Relationships

If you don’t allow yourself to move past what happened, what was said, what was felt, you will look at your present and future through that same dirty lens, and nothing will be able to focus your foggy judgment.

Always be kinder than necessary.

Forgive yourself for the bad decisions you made, for the times you lacked clarity, for the choices that hurt others and yourself.

Some chapters in our lives have to close without closure.

Be careful not to dehumanize people you disagree with.

Being kind to someone you dislike doesn’t mean you’re fake.

People tend to be more thoughtful and kinder when they have found a little happiness and peace of mind.

 

"How can I respond from a place of clarity and strength, rather than continuing to react in anger and frustration to the painful experiences I've been forced to live through?"

Think about that question for a moment.

Read it again, and sit with it.

Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, pause for a few seconds, take a few deep breaths, and make space for a healthy change of state—for something new to enter...

It's time to consciously redirect your focus by taking it away from something unchangeable that drags you down, and instead zero it in on something small and actionable that moves you forward in the present moment.

 

4 Hard Choices that Make You Happier in the Long Run

You can choose to be present when it would be easier to pick up your phone.

You can choose to do a workout when it would be more comfortable to sit around.

You can choose to create something special when it would be quicker to consume something mediocre.

You can choose to invest in yourself when it would take less effort to procrastinate.

 

New normal’ anxiety: A therapist’s guide

 

A therapist’s guide to self-care

Self-care is the practice of taking action to improve your health.

We can do this regularly or just from time to time, but it’s important to turn this abstract concept into a concrete goal.

I've written a blog on the ‘6 domains of self-care’, including my top tips on how to give yourself a little love.

 

Physical self-care

This is about taking care of our physical body and getting back to basics.

Eat regularly and in a way that nourishes your body

Exercise regularly

Boost your sleep

 

Psychological self-care

We all know it is important to take care of our mind.

This might include seeing mental health professionals or simply doing things to help us recharge.

Turn off phone notifications

Keep scheduled therapy appointments

Take time for reflection

 

Emotional self-care

This involves your relationship with yourself.

Check in with your feelings and see how you’re doing.

Keep a journal

Vent your frustrations

Engage in opportunities to create happiness

 

Physiotherapist – Working from home: 4 health hacks

 

Plump it up

Make your chair more ergonomic.

Add cushions and a foot rest to take care of your lower back.

 

Go for a raise

Try shaking up your desk design.

Raising your laptop will help to protect your posture.

 

Break it down

Take micro-breaks.

Regular movement helps prevent muscular pains.

 

Stretch yourself

That's it.

Stretch.

Stretching at your desk will reduce the risk of muscle strain.

 

3 simple techniques to help improve your breathing

 

Breathing control

This means just breathing easily, using the least effort.

It helps you to relax.

Place your hand on your tummy, below your ribs.

Feel your tummy rise and fall as you breathe gently through your nose.

Let go of any tension, just breathe as you need to

 

Deep breathing

This helps to fill the lower areas of your lungs.

Take a long, slow deep breath in.

At the end of the breath in, hold the air for 2 to 3 seconds before letting the air out gently.

Try to keep your shoulders relaxed.

Repeat for 3 or 4 deep breaths.

 

Huffing

This is a way of clearing mucus from your lungs.

Take a breath in and then breathe it out quickly through your mouth, as if trying to mist up a mirror.

Once any mucus has moved upwards, you should find it easier to cough it out. But there is no need to try and force up mucus.

Always finish with more relaxed breathing control (exercise 1) after the huffing exercise.

 

A to Zzz... our top tips for a good night's sleep

 

Be consistent

Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day – and avoid napping throughout the day, if possible.

 

Create the right environment

When it is time for sleep, make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark and cool

(The NHS recommends 18-24C for adults and 16-20C for children).

 

Have a change of scene

If you find yourself unable to fall asleep, get out of bed and do something relaxing elsewhere.
Try reading or drinking some non-caffeinated herbal tea, and stay off social media and news sites, which can often be anxiety-inducing.

 

Let Your Inner Child Out
Sometimes the grown up in you needs a break.

So, every now and then, release your inner child and enjoy some carefree fun.
See the world with childlike wonder.

Ask lots of questions.

Revisit one of your favourite childhood books or movies.

How will you let your inner child come out to play?

 

All You Need Is Less
If you're wanting more love, more peace, more meaning, more focus, you'll probably find that all you need is, less.

Less expectations, less talk, less buying, less thinking, less stuff, less stress….

Are you ready for less?

 

Worth your energy

Your personal energy is your most valuable resource. When you’re not aware of what is worth your energy, you’re more likely to focus your energy on things that don’t add value to your life.

 

Become aware of what’s really worth your energy and you’re more likely to focus your energy on things that nourish you and allow you to flourish.

When Spring Comes
When life feels like winter, dreary and dormant, remind yourself that just as spring always comes after winter, nothing lasts forever; and that this too shall pass.

Just as there's new buds, leaves, flowers in spring, remind yourself that you can always renew your purpose and motivation, and grow and bloom to your full potential.

 

Flex Your Generosity Muscle
We don't have to be rich to share our riches.

This week, find easy ways to be more generous and flex your generosity muscle.

Here are a few suggestions:
- let someone go in front of you in the queue
- share your knowledge or words of encouragement
- listen attentively and give someone some extra time
- divert one specific expense to a charity or donate unused items

 

The Wise Monkeys
You’ve probably seen the three wise monkeys, representing the phrase, 'See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.'

 

Maybe we can add a fourth wise monkey that represents 'Think no evil'.

Let’s apply the wisdom of the wise monkeys:

Firstly, be aware of what is happening around and within you.

Secondly, discern what needs your attention.

And thirdly, focus on the positive, not the negative.

 

Treasure Your Pleasures
Whether it's a cup of tea, a sunny day, eating chocolate, clean sheets or seeing a sunset, it's the simple pleasures in life that bring the most happiness


Yet often, it's easy to take them for granted, so,

a) appreciate and be grateful for life’s simple pleasures,

and b) ask yourself,

What’s the value this holds for me?’

Treasure your pleasures and find the treasures in your pleasures.

 

Self-Care Forum

Pandemic: Changes in Professional's Attitudes & Practice

Newsletter

Including investing in relationships

Research: Consuming fruit and veg and exercising can make you happier
Too much free time may be almost as bad as too little

Update

 

Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance

Update

 

Economics of happiness – local futures

Beyond Conspiracy: Framing Meaningful Activism

Gabor Maté supports the localization movement

Why are we running harder and faster just to keep a roof over our heads?

Why does our food get flown around the world and back again?

Why is the gap between rich and poor widening to obscene levels?

Because nation states are allowing global corporations to run the show.

There is nothing evolutionary or inevitable about our current system; it’s man-made.

And if enough of us come together, we can change it.

Film

Values are shifting. Culture is turning

Increasingly, people are seeing through the false promises of the global consumer culture.

They are recognizing the limitations of the rat-race, and the emptiness of conventional ideas about “success” and “progress”.

Not surprisingly, there is a corresponding surge of interest in indigenous knowledge to guide the creation of healthier, more localized futures.

"But what can I do?!" Introducing the Localization Action Guide

23rd March

 

 

Intersectionality

 

 

The benefits system in this country is a disgrace

 

How many people are fighting for benefits where you live?

 

Mencap - Share your experience with us

myth busters

 

Alzeimer's society

31st March 3.15pm - Changing the system: What is the role of the government in creating a social care workforce that meets the needs of people with dementia?

 

"Upset and disgusted" at Travelodge – PETITION

 

Office for National Statistics - Outcomes for disabled people in the UK

 

Dramatize – newsletter

 

National Autistic Society

 

Mencap - Tell councils: Count Disabled Children In

 

Share community - How to become a better communicator

National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi)

 

News

Small Supports – Thinking Differently About How We Support People

Protect Our Human Rights

 

Join the NHS Sounding Board for Ageing & Older People

 

Review into advocacy for people with a learning disability and or autistic people who are inpatients in mental health settings

contact advocacy@ndti.org.uk

 

The Training Hub has launched…

 

National Advocacy Conference 2022 – 7-11th November 2022

 

Seni’s Law – Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018

 

Human Rights Act Reform: Consultation Extension – 19th April

 

VITAL projects

 

SCIELine: New strengths-based approaches resources and learning

Social care White Paper: News bulletin

Face-to-face care: Social care newsletter

Update on Liberty Protection Safeguards guidance

Update

 

Disability Rights UK

Disability Right UK has helplines

 

Help us to improve the Disability Rights UK website

 

Tony Hickmott

 

100 people held more than 20 years in ‘institutions’

Beth

Police officer fired for taking photos of people being sectioned

Press coverage for autistic man in isolation prompts Council action

Severely ill inpatient died after DWP forced him to leave hospital to make benefit claim

Disabled woman left begging a bus driver to let her travel home safely

The Mayor's Entrepreneur competition & training

Because we all care – CQC

Government White Paper fails to re-build the care system

Law Commission recommends adding disability to list of hate crimes

DWP refuses to publish report that found Disabled claimants had “unmet needs”

Councils waste £253 million fighting parents at SEND tribunals since 2014

Mental health impact of leaseholder cladding scandal

All PIP claimants to be offered apply online option

End Fuel Poverty Coalition – PETITION

People deprived of liberty due to misapplication of Mental Health + Capacity Acts

Sickle cell patients ‘face racism in NHS’

Share your experiences of seeing or posting online content about suicide or self-harm

Ground-breaking inquiry questions ‘Whose social care is it anyway?’

DWP failures mean dying people are being rejected for PIP

DWP ignoring concerns about Disabled benefit claimants’ deaths

Factsheet focus: factsheet 55 – universal credit

The Reason I Jump

Ker Featherstone

Damning new MP report calls for end to long-term incarceration of people with autism and learning disabilities

"Sharp rise" in DWP benefit death reviews "deeply concerning"

DWP to stop ‘cold-calling’ Disabled people to make low benefit ‘offers’

Our work capability assessment factsheet

Poverty Alliance

DWP refuse to publish analysis of £20-week Universal Credit uplift ‘as it is not public interest’

Hate Crime Survey

Universal Credit cuts will come as ‘a shock’

Disabled children face digital divide

Assisted Dying Bill

Health and Disability Green Paper – a cause for concern

Hundreds of thousands “will plunge into poverty” as Minister rejects UK-wide call to keep Universal Credit uplift

New body to tackle health disparities set to launch

Lords: Government failing to implement Equality Act

I would have closed Cawston Hall’ - Norfolk Council care boss – Jeesal Group

A fifth of housing not fit for good health – Good Home Inquiry

Elections Bill bad news for Disabled voters

Austerity cuts killed tens of thousands from 2010 onwards

Over two thirds of Universal Credit claimants currently in arrears while living costs rise

Disabled claimant died underweight, ‘unkempt and dirty’ after ESA and PIP wrongly stopped

Disability Benefits Without the Fight - PETITION

Excluded children put in ‘unsafe’ institutions

Disability Horizons launches new online wellbeing community

Social care plans expose rich vs poor divide in terms of home loss

DWP urged to reveal algorithm that ‘targets’ Disabled people for benefit fraud

Almost £3bn to be awarded to private sector to assess disability benefits

Osbornes Law

Inquiry sought into deaths of 369 mental distress patients in Sussex Trust’s care

High Court rules loss of around £180 a month disability premiums on claiming Universal Credit is unlawful discrimination

Covid highlights social security system is “simply unfit for purpose”

DWP blocks publication of research on effectiveness of benefit sanctions

Disabled people’s experiences of the benefits system: Committee publishes withheld Government-commissioned research

Disability strategy ruled unlawful, DWP denied permission to appeal

 

Disabled people five times more likely to experience food poverty, says Food Foundation

 

DWP admits wrongly refusing PIP to record number of Disabled people

 

Two-thirds of NHS Trusts failing to support equal access to care for Disabled patients

 

BBC young reporter competition by 27th March

 

Citizens Advice energy advice

 

400,000 people could be pulled into poverty by April real-term cuts to benefits

 

Nearly half of people referred to Trussell Trust food banks are in debt to the DWP

 

Jackie Maguire

 

22nd March

 

DR UK calls on Home Office to make Disability Hate Crime a specific offence

 

Tip of the Iceberg: Deaths and Serious Harm in the Benefit System

 

Pushed to the Edge: Poverty, food banks and mental health

 

DWP failing to make reasonable adjustments for UC claimants with mental health problems

 

Reasonable adjustment

 

Adult Disability Payment

 

Just Can’t Wait card

 

Extension of terminal illness ‘Special Rules’ for ESA and Universal Credit from April 2022

 

DWP work coaches “bullied” into forcing distressed claimants to attend work-related meetings

 

23rd March

 

+ lots more!

 

Disability News Service

 

Equality Network

Sanctuary, Safety, Solidarity

Holyrood Committee report into a ban on Conversion Practices

You can watch parliament in action here

You can become a member of any NHS foundation trust – just look on their website?

It's LGBT History Month

 

Court upholds Census guidance - trans men and women can self-identify their lived sex

 

Care and Support Alliance - An appeal for your story

Contact csa@nas.org.uk

 

MND Association

Survey

Act now for safer homes for people with MND

 

 

Land + other views

 

Humanists UK

Working to ensure a fairer, kinder, and better society

We must never blame the victims

Exposé: Sexist, homophobic, and violent religious resources

We are not a Christian country

Did you know that bishops are speaking and voting for us in the House of Lords?

The only other sovereign state in the world where clerics vote in Parliament is the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Clearly, we’re in need of change.

Majority against bishops in the Lords

How can I be happy?

What should we think about death?

How do we know what’s true?

What makes something right or wrong?

Update

 

Important: Our worst fears come true? – ASSAULT ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN UK

An amazing list of people + organisations

Ask your MP to close down illegal schools

Compassion wins as Austria legalises assisted dying

Tell the UK Government to support humanist marriages

A big step forward – MPs debate humanist marriage in Westminster

Help us ban 'conversion therapy' right now!

Homes for Ukraine

 

Land justice UK – Land and Food

New land report out on land reform in Scotland

police, crime, sentencing and courts bill

You can find a Member of the House of Lords and write to them asking them to review this dangerous bill

 

A win in the fight for land rights – PETITION

 

Land worker’s alliance

 

 

Human rights

 

 

Change The Covid Guidance In Psychiatric Wards

 

The British Institute of Human Rights

Hear from experts on Human Rights reform!

 

Fly the flag for human rights

Update

 

Refugee action

How to build a BÖRDER KRISÍS

Boris, it's time to commit – PETITION

anti-refugee Bill

Stop The #AntiRefugeeBill petition

What do Priti Patel’s constituents want?

Heartbreaking deaths in the Channel: tell your MP enough is enough – EMAIL MP

What exactly is the hostile environment?

Baz

Thank you for seeing the human not the label

 

EMAIL MP: Ukrainian refugees need all the help we can give

 

TELL YOUR MP: vote to lift the ban

You know the facts.

People seeking asylum are banned from working, unable to support themselves and expected to live on just £5.84 a day. It's always been an absurd policy, and soon MPs will have the chance to reassert common sense and lift the ban.

 

Polling from this week shows that an enormous 81% of members of the public surveyed agree that the ban should be lifted.

 

Migrants Organise is taking the Home Office to Court!

New Plan for Immigration is same old Hostile Environment

Your solidarity is working!

This Refugee Week we want to share our New Dreams

Solidarity Knows No Borders

Share our message of dignity and welcome

 

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has published a statement calling for the abolition of all NHS charging, becoming the first Royal College to call for more than a temporary suspension of these discriminatory and harmful Hostile Environment policies.

 

NEW report: shining a spotlight on the devastating impact of Hostile Environment policies during COVID

2 minute action: The COVID inquiry must not forget migrants

 

What is happening with the anti-refugee Borders Bill?

 

Dismantling the hostile environment - podcasts

 

Hostile – film

 

Patients Not Passports – Come to our New Joiners meeting on March 29th!

 

Freedom from Torture – close the barracks

Help with Freedom from Torture’s strategy

Urgent: Stop the UK Decriminalising Torture

New Plan for Immigration - Consultation Guidance

URGENT: Act now to protect refugees from Priti Patel's New Plan.

Dr Waheed Arian

kick out hate

URGENT: if passed into law, Priti Patel's Anti-Refugee Bill will destroy the lives of countless people seeking asylum.

Write to your MP to stop it.

One strong voice

#TogetherWithRefugee

Join a local group

Urgent: shocking news – EMAIL MP

The facts + figures ?

write to your local newspaper against the anti refugee bill

Ukraine

Clause 11 of the anti-refugee bill, which would punish Ukranians and other refugees for the way that they travel to safety - was removed by the Lords

Boris—if you truly support Ukrainian refugees, scrap the anti-refugee bill - VIDEO

 

A Holocaust survivor just sent this message to Boris Johnson – on the cliffs of Dover

 

Safe passage – We need your help – write to a Peer today

Write to your MP

Our amazing young leaders

Safe Passage v. the Government

Priti's plan abandons child refugees – TAKE ACTION

Safe Routes Save Lives- EMAIL MP

Borders Bill – EMAIL MP

We need safe routes now - PETITION

Support Lord Alf Dubs – EMAIL A PEER

UK and Ukraine – LETTER TO PRITI PATEL

Over 1,000 Faith Leaders Say No to Anti-Refugee Bill

 

Detention Action

Stop Priti Patel’s pre-Brexit race to deport trafficking & torture survivors

What do you most want to fight for in 2021?

This is a humanitarian disaster. Close the detention camps now

Meet with your MP

URGENT: Priti Patel is winding the clock back on women’s rights - PETITION

WE OPPOSE UNJUST DEPORTATIONS - PETITION

URGENT: NO OFFSHORE DETENTION – EMAIL MP

 

Survivors of Napier Barracks beat the Home Office in court

Six men who Priti Patel detained at Napier Barracks have proved in court that she violated their human rights.

 

Stop union busting in Morocco! – PETITION

 

Tell Denmark: Syria is not safe for refugees to return. Reverse your shameful decision.

 

A message from the White Helmets to Ukrainians under attack

As Ukrainians come under brutal attack by Putin, it is chilling to see Russia using the same strategy and playbook in Ukraine as they use in Syria – attacking fleeing civilians, controlling humanitarian corridors, bombing hospitals and spreading disinformation.

 

Our volunteer first responders have saved more than 125,000 civilian lives in Syria since 2014, many from direct Russian attacks, and it’s heartbreaking to witness the same tragedies being repeated over and over again.

We know the scale of horror that Russian bombings can inflict: no one and nothing is off limits.

In Syria, a concerted Russian disinformation campaign spreads fabricated claims attacking White Helmets volunteers to cover up war crimes.

Now Russia is using the same methods to legitimize its attack on the Ukrainian people – using social media to sow doubt about atrocities committed against civilians.

When I saw the aftermath of Russian airstrikes on the maternity hospital in Mariupol last week, including Russia’s immediate disinformation efforts online, it was as if history was repeating itself.

We have witnessed these same horrific scenes and lies during attacks on Syrian hospitals.

It angers me to see companies such as Twitter continue to allow accounts to spread falsehoods – and

I urge you to join me in calling on Twitter to shut down all accounts, including Russian government accounts, being used to spread harmful disinformation

A few days ago I spoke to the Washington Post and shared what we have learnt from our experience in case it can be of any help to our brothers and sisters in Ukraine.

 

I told them that the GoPro camera is the best way to fight Russian disinformation and report the reality on the ground.

 

I also warned against sharing GPS locations of medical facilities with the United Nations.

 

In Syria the Russians used that information to target hospitals.

Ukrainians should also establish small medical and civil defense outposts in secret locations around the city to take the pressure off larger hospitals and mitigate the risk of targeting first responders.

There is no doubt Putin has been emboldened by the impunity he enjoyed in Syria.

If Putin is not held accountable for his invasion of Ukraine the whole story will repeat itself again.

Today, we need actions not words from the international community.

They must pursue justice relentlessly so no dictator can feel able to shamelessly commit such atrocities.

For the last seven years, the Syrian people have stood up to Russia and have yet to be defeated – so we believe Ukrainians can do so as well.

At the end of the day, it is the will of the citizens that is the strongest weapon, even against the mightiest militaries in the world.

In solidarity,

Raed Al Saleh

Your right to know – PETITION

 

 

Third sector + campaigning

 

 

Third Sector – Governance bulletin

Third Sector – weekly

Give communities more power over local assets and a £2bn support fund, report urges

Giving by the super-rich could be perpetuating social inequality, academics conclude

Charities lost almost £8.6m to fraud last year, latest figures show

Top earners at Wellcome Trust paid almost £8m each after investments boomed

 

Adeela Warley: In 2022 let’s make social media a place for hope, not hate

 

Latest accounts for the London Clinic show that the highest earner, who is not identified, received a salary package of between £510,000 and £520,000 in 2020

This is a charity! - Wendy

 

Fifth former Oxfam GB staffer sanctioned after DRC sexual misconduct investigation

 

Why aren’t more charities supporting community building initiatives?

 

NAVCA

Lots of interesting events

 

Fast minds - Kingston

 

KVA's training programme for Autumn/Winter

4 in 10 children in London live in poverty

Developing a 2040 Community Vision for Kingston

1 in 4 are living in poverty after housing costs

Source: London’s poverty profile 2021

 

Snapshot of Kingston's Voluntary and Community Activity

 

KVA e-bulletin – March 2022

 

KVA Spring training programme 2022

 

Sheila McKechnie Foundation

We believe that anyone can be a force for change

Together we explore change, share knowledge and learn from change-makers

 

Transforming power for social change

Can get places for free email info@smk.org.uk

 

Worried about the Policing Bill? Wondering what you can do? Find out how to get involved

 

31 March

What can we learn from what goes wrong as well as what goes right?

26 April

How do you know when you’re getting there?

26 May

Is involvement without tokenism possible?

21 June

Climbing out of our silos – can we tackle big issues together?


Want to be part of it?

Register and book your free places now.

 

Book now for the April 2022 Campaign Carousel programme

You can ask for a free space

 

The 2021 Campaigner Survey Results are in!

 

The Power Project: transform power, build solidarity, make change

 

It’s all about power – 19th April

 

LawWorks

 

 

Support + more ideas!

 

 

Amnesty International

Demand Egyptian authorities immediately release Ramy Shaath!

Boris Johnson needs to hear this

Urgent Action Network Update

Amnesty UK AGM 2022 - by 27th March

 

#LoujainHungerStrike

 

Patient Safety Learning

Mental illness is a lie which causes untold damage

Whistleblowing, patient feedback, visiting restrictions + events ...

Update

 

The Healthcare Show in 18th + 19th May 2022

 

Patient association

Loneliness – Age UK

Loneliness – MIND

Loneliness – NHS

Campaign to end loneliness

PHSO seeks patients views on new strategy

Every Mind Matters

 

Published guidance for Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) teams

Start engagement early

Provide clear and accessible public information

Build relationships with excluded groups

Co-produce and redesign services and tackle system priorities in partnership with people and communities.

 

Nutrition Checklist

 

The NHS Constitution for England

 

Call for Welsh Government apology after failings at Ysbyty Gwynedd mental health unit

 

Vulnerable man Clive Treacey 'failed in life and death'

 

Share your story with the BBC

Contact julie.ball@bbc.co.uk

 

Opportunity to shape national audit

contact Kim Rezel on kim.rezel@hqip.org.uk

 

Why asylum seekers deserve better healthcare, and how we can give it to them

 

HM Government Public Appointments – Patient Safety Commissioner

 

Government launches cancer consultation

 

From Patient association helpline – change in staff results in long-awaited apology

 

Muriel* called our helpline recently to update our advisers on a complaint they had supported her with in the past, which finally had a good outcome.

Muriel had made a formal complaint about a hospital.

She wasn't t happy with the final response she'd received from the hospital and, so, contacted the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO).

The PHSO failed to uphold Muriel's complaint.

The Ombudsman could find no fault in the hospital's response and said Muriel wouldn’t achieve anything by taking the complaint further.

At this point, the complaint had been going on about three years.

The PHSO refused to accept any evidence from Muriel.

But recently Muriel saw that the hospital had appointed a new complaint manager.

Muriel contacted the manager who offered to meet her to find more about the complaint.

After the meeting, the new manager apologised to Muriel and accepted that the hospital had been in the wrong.

Muriel told our advisers she was happy to see the positive approach from the new complaints manager at the hospital.

However, Muriel is very disappointed with the PHSO and plans to take her concerns further to help other patients.

*Name changed to protect privacy.

 

To contact our helpline team, call 0800 3457115 between 9.30am and 5pm on weekdays or email helpline@patients-association.org.uk.

See our website for more ways to get in touch.

And remember, we have a
range of information on our website from our very popular nutrition checklist right through to understanding your medicines.

Collaboration must be at the heart of the future of health and care

Share your experience of A+E

Share your ideas on how patient data is used

Review highlights stark ethnic healthcare inequalities in the UK

 

Maternity Scandal: Fighting for the Truth

 

Mental health problems cost UK economy at least £118 billion a year – new research

 

We want your views on patients’ rights to choose where they have treatment

contact hannah.verghese@patients-association.org.uk

 

Have your say on national standard for shared decision making

 

Engage Britain

Making the country work for all of us

 

ZERO SUICIDE ALLIANCE – FREE TRAINING

NEW suicide awareness training for university students

 

Citizen UK

Living Wage for care workers – EMAIL MP

 

Kings Fund

What can be done to tackle LGBTQ+ health inequalities?

 

Health Management and Policy Alert: 20 July 2021

Including reforming the MHA: government response to consultation

Not listening to us? – Wendy

 

Understanding integration: how to listen to and learn from people and communities

 

Health and Wellbeing Bulletin

Including poor health + housing + obesity + bad roads

 

Health Management and Policy Alert: 10 September 2021

Including Home for all

 

What is needed to reduce ethnic minority health inequalities?

 

The pandemic has further opened up deep health inequalities

 

Kerslake Commission on Homelessness and Rough Sleeping

 

Good homes for all: a proposal to fix England's housing

 

The Health and Care Bill: six key questions

 

Read our updated position on integrated care

 

Reflections on the Health and Care Bill

 

Integrated care systems highlights

 

How much longer and further are health inequalities set to rise?

 

Health and Wellbeing Bulletin

 

How will integrated care systems work under the Health and Care Bill?

Including details of a free course “an introduction to leading with kindness and compassion in health + social care

 

The power of those small acts of kindness

The WHO Prison Health Framework: a framework for assessment of prison health system performance

within local communities

How does the UK's health care performance compare internationally?

Anchor institutions must re-imagine how public bodies immerse themselves within local communities + partnering is a verb

The cost of poor housing in England

Integrated care systems highlights

Left behind: a decade of intergenerational unfairness

Invisible women: understanding women’s experiences of long-term imprisonment

Care Quality Commission's reply to the Joint Committee on Human Rights about protecting human rights in care settings

 

What does successful adult social care reform look like?

 

Listen: Tackling health inequalities head on through integrated care

Your health and care explained update

New podcast: What is the Health and Care Bill and why does it matter?

Restraint, segregation and seclusion review: progress report

Digital Health Digest

From harm to hope: a 10-year drugs plan to cut crime and save lives

Integrated care systems and social care: the opportunities and challenges

Integrated care systems highlights

 

28th March 2022 - Using patient insight for quality improvement

 

Improving quality of care: the vital role of people’s voices – 28th to 31st March

 

Healthcare regulation: deciding when statutory regulation is appropriate by 31st March

 

Updated: Key facts and figures about the NHS

 

New explainer: How does the system hear from communities?

 

Health and Wellbeing Bulletin

 

Robot performs first laparoscopic surgery without human help

 

Health and social care integration: joining up care for people, places and populations

 

Health Management and Policy Alert: 22 February 2022

 

Improving decision-making through connected intelligence: leveraging new capabilities to help life sciences companies advance health

 

Improving direct payments oversight

 

Governing the health and care system in England: creating the conditions for success

 

23rd - 26th May – integrated care in practice: ensuring systems deliver for people, place + population

 

Social care 360

 

Community is the best medicine – 6th – 9th June

 

Thinking differently about commissioning – 11th – 14th July

 

Westminster Health Forum (WHF) policy conference – PROVIDE FREE SPACES – JUST APPLY?

 

Long Covid - patient care and support, service development, research - speakers: NIHR, RCGP & Imperial College - WHF policy conference - 22nd March 2022

 

New developments and speakers - keynotes: NHS England, BHF & NIHR-BHF Cardiovascular Partnership - WHF policy conference - 28th April 2022 - cardiovascular research, prevention and care in England

 

Who cares 4 the carers

A relaxation technique to help you

 

Carers UK

Survey

 

 

People’s theatre

 

 

Degenerate Fox Theatre

 

Underground lights

Streams of Consciousness

Book your free tickets…

 

Brixton House - Meet our new Associate Artists!

 

Somerset House

We Are History: Race, Colonialism & Climate Change

 

Announcing the launch of Morgan Stanley Lates at Somerset House with The Courtauld

 

Our latest podcast episode + celebrating creative rebellion 💫

 

Weekend listening, experimental games + world-class photography

 

Somerset House Studios

Grounding Practice

AGM returns, plus new residents and commissions this autumn

More beautiful stuff!

Exploring interactive fiction in gaming, plus new exhibitions

Strategies for Making Music + Artist Opportunities

New residency exploring artificial intelligence

 

Autograph - New Online Events: Collective Approaches to Art Making / Rotimi Fani-Kayode: Tranquility of Communion / Exhibition Videos / Art, Activism, Archive

 

Digital Canvas: Sense of Belonging / VR Exhibition Tour / Phoebe Boswell Artist Talk / Rotimi Fani-Kayode works on loan

 

Open Call / Yinka Shonibare in Conversation / New Exhibitions Opening / Art of Devotion / Rotimi Fani-Kayode Online Gallery

 

Watermans – events

 

MAIA

Marsh Farm Outreach

Locality

Common Wealth

More incredible speaker announcements

 

Fantastic for Families – Spring fun for families 🎵

 

 

Justice

 

 

Law centre Network

South West London Law centre

 

Law for life

 

High pay centre

 

4 day working week

video explaining 4-day week

PETITION

 

Platform London

 

Basic Income UK

Every step we take towards a Basic Income will liberate power in the hands of the citizen

Paddy Ashdown

 

Welsh basic income pilot have been published

In a statement from Jane Hutt, Minister for Social Justice

The pilot will be targeted at care leavers

All young people leaving care that turn 18 over a 12 month period starting this summer will be invited to participate

That is expected to be about 500 people

Participants will receive the payments for 24 months starting from the month after their 18th birthday

A £1,600 a month basic income will be paid each month

 

Universal basic income motion passed by Richmond Council

69% of people in Wales support basic income pilots

Stockton, California who released incredible results from the experiment there!

Start your own Basic Income Conversation today – TOOLKIT

Is Biden leading the United States towards a basic income?

 

We've urged ministers to back basic income for mental health – Peace of mind project

Let's make Basic Income a reality - PETITION

The Basic Income Conversation is growing... here's how

Universal Credit cut: now is the time for basic income

Last week the £20 Universal Credit uplift was cut.

5.8 million people claim Universal Credit in England, Scotland and Wales. Overnight, their incomes fell by £1,000 a year.

If they’d had a basic income, they wouldn’t have been plunged into precarity.

Now is the time for a basic income.

There are thousands of people across the UK working to make that clear.

How do we pay for a basic income?

 

30th March

 

Universal Credit

 

PACE

Parents against child exploitation

Watch our new film about spotting the signs of child exploitation

Safeguarding training – perhaps ask for a free space?

Book on our Free live webinars for parents + carers this March

 

Video – towards hope

 

Transform Justice

Prosecuting mental health – accountability or criminalisation?

A different understanding? How the CJS discriminates against those with autism

When should a family dispute end up in court?

Barely legal? The experience of remote tribunal hearings

The forgotten people? Prisoners on remand in the pandemic

Does L&D stop the revolving door of police custody?

Does diversion from court have an image problem?

Computer says yes – you will pay a fine and get a criminal record

Swipe right to plead guilty

Covid justice – how not to do it?

Altruistic up-tariffing? The pitfalls of more rehabilitative police cautions

Children imprisoned on remand – the stark reality of racial bias

Survey for magistrates

Only by radically shrinking the magistrates’ court can the Crown Court backlog be reduced

Is justice for victims always criminal justice?

Does the defendant in the magistrates’ court get a fair hearing?

Want to build trust in the police? Detain less

Making child remand a last resort

Do people who get in trouble with the law deserve double punishment?

Independent domestic violence advocates in specialist courts – a backfire effect?

 

Equal Justice USA

Sign the petition and tell President Biden to fulfill his promise to clear the federal death row.

How This Minneapolis Man Is Healing Collective Trauma Through Creative Counseling and Mentoring

Trauma informed training attempts to bridge gap between Newark residents + cops

A model for police + community relations

An up-close portrait of the people doing violence intervention work

New nonprofit uses yoga to address Black men’s mental health

When You Hear Me, You Hear Us

An amazing kind video

Community-based violence prevention works, but it needs sustained support

Trauma to trust programme

 

INQUEST

Truth, justice + accountability

Progress on the legal aid for inquests campaign

Watch & share our new video demanding access to justice for bereaved families

 

Update

Leon – Nadia – Sam – Matthew -Zoe – Marshall – Jane – Sammy – Coco – Trevor – Shane – Abdul – Lamont – Andrew – Steven – Gavin – Jason – Micheal – Jack – Alex

including connection cafes

 

Justice – EVENTS

 

Restorative justice 4 all

 

The Howard League

Less crime, safer communities, fewer people in prison

Punished when they should have been helped

 

Stop building women's prisons – EMAIL MP

focussed on reducing the unnecessary arrests of women, reducing child arrests and ending the criminalisation of children in care

 

Changing outcomes for Black people in the criminal justice system

 

"Nobody really cares about prisons"

Arrests of children have been reduced by 74% over the last decade, in another major step forward for our successful campaign.

 

Since 2010, the Howard League for Penal Reform has been working with police forces across England and Wales to reduce child arrests, helping to ensure that hundreds of thousands of boys and girls do not have their lives blighted by a criminal record.

 

We campaign on a wide range of issues including children in the criminal justice system, change inside prisons, community sentencing + policing

We have an in-house expert legal team who represent children in custody.

We strive to minimise the human suffering and social harms that are both causes of crime and consequences of punishment.

We stand for constructive forms of justice that contribute to building a safer, fairer society.

We stand against abuse and mistreatment and all forms of discrimination in the criminal justice system.

 

Prisons create conflict, put a strain on the police and hospitals and thwart human potential – they simply do not work.

Sadly, the government are planning on expanding our already over-crowded prison population.

The recently published Prisons strategy white paper has dedicated £4 billion to new prions places, with the Ministry of Justice’s own projections predicting the population to reach almost 99,000 over the next five years.

 

International Women’s Day

A day in the community where we celebrate and empower women.

 

Unfortunately, for women in prison, today won’t be a day for celebrations.

 

There were almost 5,000 receptions of women into prison last year, and more than half of them were for women on remand.

Too many women are being swept up into the justice system when it is not necessary or appropriate.

Most women in prison have a history of childhood abuse or trauma, they need a safe space and support.

 

Spark Inside

JOIN OUR CAMPAIGN – it's time to prioritise wellbeing in prisons

Being Well Being Equal campaign update

Community coaching and campaigning for better wellbeing services

Looking back... A message from our CEO

 

User Voice

Max

 

Koestler Arts

Being creative has helped me survive my prison sentence”

It's going to be a good one! - including Ai Weiwei

 

Reprieve

You can email + sign petitions without donating to anything

MoD document approves British troops for illegal bombing, charity claims

Urgent: Egypt

Saifullah Paracha

Saudi Arabia

Ahmed Rabbani

Ravil Mingazov

Hassan al Maliki

Abdullah's torture

Jagtar Singh Johal

US drone strikes – SEND A MESSAGE

Dr. Osama Yassin

I’m still in Guantánamo - TWEET

Ministers are deciding whether to save a life

North-East Syria – ACTION

 

Bahrain

 

81 men executed in Saudi Arabia – ACTION

 

Salina and Joey – EMAIL LIZ TRUSS

 

Allout

Emergency in Hungary – PLEASE SIGN

EU: take action against Hungary’s anti- LGBT+ law

Stop homophobia, transphobia and misogyny in Italy

China: WeChat bans LGBT+ students – PETITION

S.O.S. from Ghana

"Fists bumping into my face and body" – PETITION

No more "conversion therapies" in Colombia – PETITION

Bulgaria must prosecute this homophobic presidential candidate! – PETITION

 

Make online spaces safe for LGBT+ people

 

Rek It, Raven’s petition

Arcigay’s petition

Stana’s petition

We need to talk about Russia, again – PETITION

Take action on today's Trans Day of Remembrance

Viki's speech at the 2021 MTV EMA

Coca-Cola, Starbucks, and H&M: Protect your LGBT+ staff in China!

Your signature could save Salman's life

Salekh + Ismail

Emergency: Afghan LGBT+ people in danger

Anti-Trans Bill in Guatemala Must Be Stopped

Doski Azad

Russia: They’re shutting us down

Behind the scenes of China's queer community

Help ban "conversion therapy" in the Netherlands

 

A giant flag that says: support trans visibility

 

Equality act Japan

 

Liberty – know your rights

police facial recognition is unlawful – PETITION

New poll calls for rights-respecting pandemic response – PETITION

Quiz!

Scrap the Coronavirus Act – end human rights lockdown

DON’T DECRIMINALISE TORTURE – email your MP

Our ability to hold Gov to account is under threat

Safeguard our rights and access to justice – PETITION

Take our survey

The Protect Everyone Bill – EMAIL MP

NO MORE POLICE POWERS – PETITION

I stood up to power. Sign the petition so you can too

Government must not be untouchable – PETITION

Liberty Investigates: Our biggest story yet – Esparto 11

Tell your MP to protect our right to protest

Don’t let the Government become untouchable - PETITION

Facial recognition: A year since world-first legal challenge

Stop the Policing Bill - PETITION

Liberty Investigates reveals police 'fail' hate crime victims

Stop the Government becoming untouchable - PETITION

WATCH our new protest videos – EMAIL MP

URGENT: protect protest rights – EMAIL MP

Don’t let Gov hide from accountability – PETITION

 

You do not have to donate when signing a petition – petitions are free to sign

 

On Thursday 22 February 1934,

Liberty was founded to defend “the whole spirit of British freedom”

Now, on our 88th anniversary, our fight is more important than ever as the Government attempts to shut down the ways people can hold it to account.
We won’t let the Government become untouchable.

Democratic crisis

In a democratic society, people must be able to hold the powerful to account – but the Government is trying to rewrite the rules.

It wants to ‘overhaul’ the Human Rights Act. The HRA forces public authorities to respect rights and enables people to enforce their rights in court if they fall short.

But the Government wants to remove this obligation on public authorities and make it near-impossible for anyone to get to court and see justice.

Similarly, its Judicial Review Bill will change judges’ powers so challenging the Government’s action in court won’t be worthwhile.

Plans for mandatory voter ID which could prevent millions of people having their say in elections.

And the Government is sidelining MPs when making laws, giving them little time to scrutinise proposals.

Alongside these attacks, the anti-protest Policing Bill is back in Parliament next week.

Last month the House of Lords dealt a major blow to the Government’s plans by ripping out some of the worst proposals.

But ministers are now trying to get some back in – including criminalising noisy protests.

Noise is at the very heart of protest.

It is literally how we make our voices heard.

Liberty was founded following the oppressive treatment of protesters on the National Hunger March, and we will always work to protect this key pillar of democracy.

Together we can stop this democratic crisis in its tracks.

Email MP to protect our rights

 

URGENT PETITION: save the Human Rights Act

 

TELL THE GOVERNMENT TO STOP THE ATTACKS ON OUR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS

 

Liberty Shared

 

Fighting NHS Charging – What can you do now?

 

Big brother watch

We need civil liberties defenders like you

Find the secret algorithms YOUR council is using...

Unparalleled State Powers as Covid Cases Plummet

Mass surveillance found *unlawful* by Europe's highest human rights court

Stop Thermal Surveillance

Vaccine passes to be mandatory! – ACTION

Exposed: The Poverty Panopticon

NEW: Government & big tech censorship EXPOSED

We’ve been censored by YouTube

'Vaccine passports, a solution looking for a problem' - David Davis MP

From citizen scores to facial recognition - we're fighting back!

Authoritarianism is on the rise

No to COVID passports

We've launched a legal challenge against Johnson's Covid IDs

Victory for civil liberties in the UK

Covid passes DITCHED

The Chinese state owned CCTV watching you – PETITION

Welsh Covid passes have "unmeasurable" impact

Covid passes in Wales & Northern Ireland scrapped

UK = Mandatory Covid ID free!

 

23rd March +

 

The censors become the censored

 

The censor’s charter has landed – PETITION

 

NETPOL – the network for police monitoring

Black Lives Matter protest – VIDEO

new report condemns "revenge policing" and calls for scrapping new police powers

 

Good Law project

Government’s costs

They want to silence criticism

Boris Johnson misled Parliament

Misuse of public money

They want to silence dissent

What have they got to hide?

They want to block public interest

This is not the Britain we should be

 

 

Other information sources

 

 

Declassified UK

 

The Democracy Collaborative

Sanders and McDonnell on community wealth

The “Preston model”

Land banks and community land trusts

 

Parkdale People’s Economy

Community wealth building comes to Scotland

How to Make a Democracy Economy

South Korea explores community wealth building

How NY can enter ‘a new era of public power’

 

D@W

Cooperatives and socialism

Ask Prof Wolff: Is Nordic Socialism a Progressive Step?

How Capitalism Shapes our Food

The Challenge of China - New Global Capitalism Lecture

Recommended Reading list on Cooperatives.

Economic Update: Germany Shifts Left

Ask Prof Wolff: Taxing Billionaires

Wolff Responds: Capitalism's False Defenses

All Things Co-op: Cuba's New Cooperative Legislation

Global Capitalism: The Problems with China's Economy

we learn about the psychology of control and domination

understand our personal connections to capitalism’s structure

All Things Co-op: Lessons from Venezuela’s Social Economy

Ask Prof Wolff: From Capitalism to Co-op

All Things Co-op: Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

The Ukraine Crisis

Ukraine, Sanctions and Rising Inflation

technology under capitalism

Economic Update: Unaffordable Housing

The popular movement for peace needs to be rekindled”

All Things Co-op: There Is An Alternative To Capitalism

 

Tax Justice Network

Casino Capitalism and a just transition: the Taxcast podcast

A tide-turning moment in the global struggle for tax justice

Including an item about UK care homes

How economics ruins economies: PODCAST

Where does your country rank on the Corporate Tax Haven Index 2021?

The Whiteness of Wealth: podcast with Prof Dorothy Brown

Podcast: From an uncaring to a caring economy + global minimum corporate tax plan

The Real American Dream – in Scandinavia: PODCAST

Podcast: The capture of Malta and the fight for justice

 

"You need to be very strong.

To do the job that she did you really have to be your own person.

You couldn’t be the kind of person who worries what people might think of you, and you really have to say, no, I’m not going to adapt, I’m not going to fall into that mould.

I’m going to break it and keep breaking.”

Paul Caruana Galizia

 

Podcast: Degrowth: liberation from ‘growthism’

Podcast: rethinking economies

Pandora Papers shows transparency failure is an accountability failure

 

Podcast: Tax Haven Ireland

Losses to OECD tax havens could vaccinate global population three times over, study reveals

Jersey’s Pandora’s Boxes: The Tax Justice Network podcast

Losses to OECD tax havens could vaccinate global population three times over, study reveals

PODCAST: 2022, hopes and fears

Podcast: Stolen Dreams

The Swiss banking clean-up is a mirage

 

Our tax system is broken – EMAIL MP

 

Tax Justice UK

Support President Biden’s proposal to stop global tax dodging - PETITION

Pandora Papers shows transparency failure is an accountability failure

 

Tax Watch UK

 

Open Democracy

Save FOI – PETITION

Say her name: Breonna Taylor

Women disproportionately affected by soaring Mental Health Act detentions

How the UK government is undermining the Freedom of Information Act

Report says soldiers shot three dead at Myanmar factory making cowboy boots

From private emails to Post-it Notes: How politicians avoid scrutiny

At least 16 Tory allies given paid ‘independent’ roles in government

PETITION

Grim fall in life expectancy exposes UK government’s ‘levelling up’ lies

From revelation to reckoning to revolution: In pursuit of racial justice

The war on Indigenous rights in Brazil is intensifying

Tories have accepted £2.6m from ‘shadowy’ donors since Boris Johnson became PM.

Give evidence about FOI

Forget the spin – new English NHS bill is all about cutting our right to healthcare

Campaigners also highlighted measures that weaken the NHS’s legal duty to provide healthcare to people in England – and that apply stringent new financial rules.

Johnson charged taxpayers £28,647 for part of the refurb

The UK is the number one home for suspect funds +

20% of UK political donations come from just ten men

The disturbing rise of the corporate mercenaries

Big Tech firms paying below minimum wage left off UK government’s name-and-shame list

Tackling the climate crisis must not come at the expense of eradicating global hunger

Ever seen 40 Lords a-leaping? You have now

Scottish Green members hold unprecedented power. How will they use it?

We’re stuck, everyone is hungry’: Afghan evacuees stranded at UK airport

Will Syria’s disappeared ever find justice?

If we lose the Amazon, our world will lose its future

Trans activism isn’t just about pronouns and bathrooms. It’s about class struggle

Deep ties between anti-abortion groups and Conservative Brexiteers laid bare

 

10,000 Airbnbs and nowhere to live

A playground for the rich and famous, and the second poorest region in northern Europe.

More than 18,000 empty homes and 16,000 people on a waiting list for public housing.

Some 10,000 Airbnbs and, at one-point last month, fewer than 50 homes available to rent.

Located in the UK, this is a place so desirable that almost no one can live there.

One local resident told us she is now resigned to living in a tent, with her belongings stored in her car, as this was her “only other option right now”

 

24 lords placed under investigation over financial interests

Liverpool rises in opposition to arms fair as legal challenge is mounted

The ‘meme machine’ behind 2019 Tory success returns

three-quarters of adults believe transparency is important

 

The UK government has spent at least £500,000 from public funds trying to prevent the release of information under FOI legislation over the last five years

 

What the Tories want to do with our health data, and why we need to stop them

Alan Sugar among 24 lords to have broken finance rules, parliamentary watchdog rules

Most of Europe fails to guarantee access to abortion care

Why an IMF loan is not the solution to Lebanon’s economic crisis

Nicaragua: the revolution betrayed

The Pandora Papers show the true face of global Britain

Oil and gas firms have given £1m to Boris Johnson’s Conservatives

Revealed: Electoral Commission’s private concerns about Russian Tory donors

Government’s poisonous Elections bill is designed to cement Tory rule

 

EMAIL MP

 

Furlough fraud isn’t a dirty word

BP paid ex-MI6 spy firm to snoop on green campaigners

Tory MP has banked £150k from oil firm

 

The backlash is working – PETITION

 

British MPs net £6m from second jobs

Mark Carney likes to talk green, but he’s just another agent of the status quo

Why, as an American transgender woman, I don’t feel it’s safe to visit the UK

Exit denied: women losing the right to leave in the Philippines

The Yemeni women and girls being illegally imprisoned

 

This week, we uncover a ‘cash for honours’ scandal

after working with The Sunday Times to reveal that Conservative Party treasurers who donate £3m seem almost guaranteed to be given a seat in the House of Lords

 

British politics is an oligarchs’ cocktail party. Tory ministers are the waiters

Greenland’s government bans oil drilling, leads indigenous resistance to extractive capitalism

I got punched in the face by a presidential candidate’ says LGBTIQ activist in Bulgaria

COP26: Why many are sceptical of politicians’ $19bn pledge to save the Amazon

The UK government’s plan to reform data-protection laws are terrifying

In Sudan’s new revolt, women and youth will not settle for less than full civilian rule

As a Christian Ghanaian woman, I’m appalled by the proposed anti-LGBTIQ law

Migrants are paying the price of Belarus’s ‘hybrid warfare’

Meet the UK activist bringing clothes and community to trans youth

Include women and Indigenous people in the fight against the climate crisis

Forget the spin – new English NHS bill is all about cutting our right to healthcare

France and UK can stop deaths in Channel – but not by increasing border patrols

US ‘dark money’ groups behind Mississippi abortion case spend tens of millions around the world

US Christian Right groups promoting anti-LGBT ‘conversion therapy’ in the US and Central America

No turning back: Women human rights defenders remain steadfast in perilous times

UK’s transparency watchdog has a terrible transparency record of its own

Focusing on extremism won’t counter far-Right violence

From mobilization to solidarity: The power of feminist struggles in Latin America

 

Nationality and Borders Bill

The UK government is looking to profit from closing borders to asylum seekers

 

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

email your MP

Oligarchs and officials from corrupt states own £2bn of UK luxury property

What it’s like to live in a country with a near total ban on abortion

Zuckerberg’s metaverse is a natural extension of capitalist extraction of our data

Killing the Truth

If Tory MPs want to protect freedom, why are they supporting the Elections Bill?

International refugee charity calls for Greek border investigation

The challenge of Chile: why I am optimistic

We were revolutionaries’: Angelo Pezzana, founder of Italy’s first LGBT movement

A Not-So-Happy New Year for Britain's private renters

As Kazakhstan burns over inequality, the elite’s wealth is safe and sound in London

Why Tony Blair is just the right person to get Britain’s top honour

Our ancestors worked less and had better lives. What are we doing wrong?

Gay cake’ case shows power of US Christian Right

 

Tory MP calls for ministers to freeze Kazakh elite’s UK assets

If we are to ‘live with’ COVID-19, we must decide what we really value

What really happened in Kazakhstan? A feminist perspective

Rishi Sunak could become PM. Here’s what he doesn’t want you to know

Remembering the Holocaust must prompt us to challenge today’s human rights abuses

Labour peer asks about fake names on Companies House register following openDemocracy report

Diane Abbott: The cost of living crisis was caused by privatisation

Giulio Regeni’s murder speaks the truth about Egypt – and Europe too

To dismantle white privilege, we must tackle private property rights

London is a ‘magnet for dirty money’, says UK government’s anti-corruption tsar

This Valentine’s Day, let’s reflect on the power of all kinds of love

Backdoor lobbying - EMAIL MP

Forget Russia, blame the fossil gas industry for Europe’s energy supply crisis

Consultancies win £700m in UK government’s COVID spending spree

What would real peacebuilding in Ukraine look like?

Why aren’t more Russians protesting war in Ukraine? We asked an expert

Why is Belarus hosting Russian troops?

200 Russian millionaires bought way into UK in seven years since ‘clampdown’

623 new ‘British’ companies are actually controlled from Russia

Boris Johnson is lying – the UK could have done far more to stop Russia

 

UK is ‘top destination’ for Russians looking to hide dirty money in property

 

There are many reasons to hate what Putin has done to Russia.

He has given its riches to his friends, who are now billionaires many times over; he has destroyed its political parties, used its courts as weapons, imprisoned activists, forced honourable patriots to flee their own country; he has used its money to support vile political causes in other countries, and used its media to spread lies and misinformation worldwide.

But few things have ever touched me as much as the fate of Yanayev.

It is the sign of a true tyranny when murder is so commonplace and happens so openly, as it did on 28 December 2004, when police officers just took him away from a crowded airport and killed him.

I have no idea what he had done to upset them.

He wasn’t famous or outspoken, perhaps it was a case of mistaken identity. It felt like this could have happened to anyone.

We know about his murder thanks to a strange anomaly, which is that Russia has – despite Putin having destroyed every other vestige of its shaky 1990s democracy – remained subject to the European Court of Human Rights.

According to the court’s judgements, Russia has violated Article Two of the European Convention – i.e. it has committed murder –349 times since signing up in 1996.

That is more than 13 murders a year.

It is incredibly hard to bring a case to the ECHR, and triply so when the case is against a government that murders witnesses.

This is what it's like inside Russia's anti-war movement

 

Putin was shaped by US greed. His defeat must lead to global change

 

How we finally won the legal case for abortion in Colombia

 

Stranded Indian students ‘watched as Ukrainian pets crossed border to safety’

 

Racist war reporting undermines trust in media

 

Revealed: Tories given £44,000 by top official at sanctioned Russian bank

 

UK’s Policing Bill would silence us, says Ukrainian protester

 

Putin can’t live with dissent – that’s why he’s trying to silence his critics

 

Prisoners ‘may have been refused parole due to fake crimes on files’

 

Oxford University took millions from key ‘crony’ of Vladimir Putin

 

What do ordinary Russians think about the invasion of Ukraine?

 

The disturbing resurgence of antisemitic conspiracy theories

 

Putin’s attack on Ukraine isn’t going as planned. What will happen next?

 

I was arrested at an anti-war protest in Moscow. Here’s what happened next

 

We fled Ukraine for Hungary. Now Viktor Orban must decide where he stands

 

Why I no longer celebrate International Women’s Day

 

Colombia, a dangerous place for journalists and women land defenders

Lawyers should be put in the dock for accepting oligarchs’ stolen money

How the UK helps the world’s kleptocrats and crooks – deliberately

 

UK ignored warnings over contractor behind Ukraine visa ‘chaos’

 

North Sea firm cuts ties with oligarch – but hands power to his associates

How Russian feminists are opposing the war on Ukraine

 

MPs must reject cruel and unscientific age tests for asylum seekers

 

Putin isn’t to blame for fuel poverty in the UK – the government is

 

Priti Patel dodges questions over visa firm profiting from refugees

 

Moscow police beat and torture women after anti-war protests

 

Londongrad must fall – or the US could raze it to the ground

 

Ariel Dorfman: young President Boric must lay Chile's ghosts

Exclusive: UK firms bankroll arms fair where Russia shows off weapons

 

Oligarchs stash dirty money in Britain because of its colonialist laws

Cops spend £18m on informants – but won’t say if they targeted BLM groups

 

URGENT: Tell MPs not to backtrack on 2nd jobs

Ukraine war makes Lords members richer through arms investments

Rate of unsolved killings of Black and Asian people has trebled under Dick

 

Revealed: Lobbying boss who worked for oligarchs has access to Parliament

Killing the Truth: The case of Deyda Hydara

 

Ferry firm that sacked 800 staff uses controversial PR firm

 

More London children speak out about horrific police strip searches

 

Foxglove

Why Facebook can’t fix itself

Hey, YouTube – leave our kids alone

A lot more to do on government algorithms

Support Facebook content moderators in calling for fair treatment!

Taking on the tech giants: the lawyer fighting the power of algorithmic systems

Join us - tell Sadiq Khan to take action against Uber!

Matt Hancock: Drop your plan to put NHS patients' health data into one massive database - PETITION

We are going to court

fresh evidence: disappearing messages and "government by WhatsApp"

"this algorithm decides who eats and who goes hungry"

Daniel Motaung

 

Article 11 trust

 

Article 19 – defending freedom of expression + information

What does misinformation smell like?

Speaking out on social media takedowns – YOUR HELP NEEDED

#ChallengeHate

February update

 

 

Younger people

 

 

NSPCC

Nobody is normal

How to keep children safe online

mental health – SUPPORT INFORMATION

Together we're helping children to report abuse

email the new Minister in charge

 

#ProudToBe

 

Safer Internet Day 2022

PETITION

 

A Life More Wild - Dr Alex George & Brook House Woods

 

Young Minds

Society needs to change. Have your say on how

Supporting your child with anxiety

Anxiety

Tips for coping with peer pressure

Toxic masculinity and mental health

 

Malala – Assembly - How you can stand up to anti-Asian racism

Are streets safe for girls?

Malala: I Fear for My Afghan Sisters

Amplifying the voices of Afghan girls and women

Completing my education with elephantiasis”

Girls & the climate crisis

My life before and after the Taliban takeover”

We want to publish you!

What is the best form of activism for you?

What this intern learned about how to get scouted on TikTok

Polaroids from Guinea

The career advice you need to read

Afghan girls and women are making brave decisions every day.”

 

A brighter future for Chilean students

 

Girls forced to marry – PETITION

 

Coram’s Young Citizens

The Stranger Series with Coram’s Young Citizens

 

Young Women's Trust - 3 ways we’ve already made a difference in 2021

We see you; we hear you and we care about you SUPPORT LINES INFORMATION

One in five young women have lost work or future work

57% say they have been affected financially

One in four have taken on extra caring responsibilities

83% said that their mental health had suffered

1 in 10 they have been unable to afford food or other essentials

 

Ask your MP to do more to prevent online hate speech

Act now: support young women this winter

New report reveals one size fits no one

Including peer researchers

Support

Speaking truth to power

can you help make equality a reality for young women?

 

#CrimeNotCompliment

 

Woman’s Aid

 

Maternal Mental Health Alliance

 

Maternity Action

A step in the right direction for pregnant women's safety at work - EMAIL MP

Are you on maternity leave? Take our survey!

 

Tips for coping in these anxious times

Worksheet

Read our tips and advice for supporting a friend

new resource on panic attacks

Free online training

Activities

 

Off the record - BRISTOL

If you are in crisis and need immediate support, you can access help from these organisations:

 

Samaritans

available 24/7 for listening support on 116 123.

 

Shout

text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258 to speak to a crisis counsellor.

 

HOPELINEUK

open 9am-midnight, call 0800 068 41 41 for support around suicidal thoughts and feelings.

 

CAMHS Crisis Line

a free confidential NHS helpline offering support for young people aged 17 and under in crisis on 0300 303 1320

24/7 Support & Connect

a free confidential NHS helpline offering support for adults aged 18+ on 0800 012 6549

Self-care plan

 

Kooth

real-time, online support

Childline

0800 1111. 7:30am – 3.30am

 

CALM

0800 58 58 58

 

The Mix

0808 808 4994 3pm – 12am everyday

 

The Purple Elephant Project

 

Arts Emergency