• Including Missing Voices

    Including Missing Voices – Hearing the voices of Disabled people in Gypsy, Roma and Traveler communities.  Shaping Our Lives and the University of Worcester are jointly researching the representation and inclusion of disabled people in Gypsy, Roma and Traveler communities.

  •  The Future of User Led Organisations

    Shaping Our Lives and the National Survivor User Network (NSUN), two key national disabled people’s and service user networks, have both experienced considerable numbers of user-led organisations closing over the last three years. The two organisations decided to raise awareness of the crisis facing user-led organisations by writing a briefing and hosting an action workshop.

  •  Shaping Our Lives A Refuge for All Project and Findings Report

    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

  • 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.

  • 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.