St Christopher’s – Bristol – October 2023 St Christopher’s School was founded postwar in 1945 by Catherine Grace OBE, a medical secretary, as a residential Steiner school for children with learning difficulties. It began with only six pupils and expanded over time to a peak of 50 children and young people, most of them from the Bristol area. This is important because […]

Our Life Our Choice Update by David Wilks – October 2023

More Communities threatened with closure. Our campaign to get the wording of Right Support Right Care Right Culture changed has never been more needed. In the last six weeks Hft have given the residents of Walberton Sussex three months’ notice of eviction. Fortunately, families are fighting back with a lot of support from the Furlong […]

Hear from our Chair Anita Bennett – October 2023

Rescare has been part of our family’s lives for over thirty years, and so it is with sadness and pride that I write this. Doctors hid the fact that my baby daughter had Downs Syndrome from me for five days, and the midwives were banned from telling me the truth. So when on the fifth […]

Every Story Matters UK Covid-19 Inquiry – August 2023

Every story matters is an opportunity for everyone who wishes to contribute to the COVID 19 inquiry:   Every experience is unique as a result of the pandemic, please have your say. This will help the UK be better prepared for the future. Taking part How can I share my experience? By visiting […]

Personal Independence Payments Update – August 2023

The length of time that PIP is awarded is based upon each claimant’s individual circumstances. PIP awards can vary in length. The shortest award is 9 months. The longest is an ongoing award with a ‘light touch’ review at 10 years. The letter they receive when their claim is approved will tell them when their claim will end and […]

Ombudsman welcomes report aimed at improving local authority SEND decisions – August 2023

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) has welcomed a report looking to improve the quality of local authority decision making for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The report ,commissioned by the Administrative Justice Council, has researched practical solutions to address how nearly all (96%) of family appeals to the […]

Carers Week – Meet the inspirational Kaddy Thomas | June 2023

Marking Carers Week and highlighting the vital work of 5.7million unpaid carers in the UK by meeting Kaddy Thomas, who has dedicated her life to caring for her son Elijah. Kaddy herself was born with a rare condition called Apert Syndrome, which causes abnormalities of the skull.   Watch Kaddy’s interview here:

National Carers Week – in the House of Commons | 8th June 2023

The latest census data from 2021 shows that millions of people—in fact, 5.7 million people across the UK—are currently providing some form of unpaid care for a friend or family member who, due to illness, disability, mental health or an addiction, cannot cope without their support. The majority of people providing that care are women. […]