A Refuge for All is a project led by disabled women with experience of violence and abuse. An advisory group of disabled women have reviewed the progress of the project at regular intervals. This Findings Report and the Best Practice Toolkit provide a user-led approach to improving access for disabled women for service providers who want to achieve a high standard of service delivery for disabled women
- Mutual Benefits – The potential of disabled people as foster carers’ Shaping Our Lives is delighted to be part of this innovative project. Disabled people have an insight into successful parenting from their own lived experience and can apply strategies to fostering that would be very beneficial to looked after children.
- Improving Understanding of Service User Involvement and Identity Listening to and respecting service users’ voices and perspectives is increasingly known to be an essential part of developing quality health and social care services. Shaping Our Lives has pioneered service user involvement in all aspects of policy, planning and delivery of services.
- Disabled adults and social workers charter and position statement. This position statement was produced by BASW England (British Association of Social Workers) and Shaping Our Lives. It was written through discussions between disabled adults and social workers from June 2015 to November 2016.
- Assisted dying developing the debate. Through interviews with people holding strongly opposing views about whether assisted dying should be legalised, Professor Peter Beresford OBE and colleagues identified and explored a surprising amount of common ground – including the clear agreement that palliative care provision for the terminally ill is currently inadequate.
- From Mental Illness to a social Model of Madness and Distress There are growing concerns about UK mental health policy and services. They are widely seen as being in ‘crisis’,chronically underfunded and having fallen far behind physical healthcare. There are also more fundamental worries that they are over-reliant on a narrowly-based medicalised conceptual framework which can be stigmatizing and unhelpful for service users.
- Campaigning for the Future: How can we work better to secure our rights This report offers the views of a wide range of disabled people about present UK disability policy and how they may best work to improve it.
- Engaging people with lived experience of severe and multiple disadvantage Shaping Our Lives and User Voice Shaping Our Lives and User Voice carried out research into the experience of user led organisations and programmes in securing funding and the challenges they face.
- Beyond the Usual Suspects (pdf and word formats) The focus of this report is making it possible for everyone who wants to, to be more involved in and have more say over their lives and the services they use to live them.