Citizen Network members share ideas, stories and writings on how to advance citizenship for real.
DWP on Trial
Neil Carpenter describes the price people with learning difficulties pay for the DWP's welfare reforms.
Self-Directed Support and the Future
Simon Duffy considers some of the emerging trends and how SDS can help us tackle future problems.
Self-Directed Support and System Design
Simon Duffy explores how you design a system of self-directed support that works for everyone.
Self-Directed Support and Citizenship
Simon Duffy argues that self-directed support is a tool for enhancing our citizenship.
My Mental Health
Glyn explains how he manages the voices he hears and how, with help from his peers, he's turned his life around.
Open Letter on Regional Devolution
A letter to Gordon Brown's Commission on Regional Devolution calling for a Citizens' Assembly.
The Challenge of Citizenship
A talk to mark the Launch of Values Into Action Scotland at the Scottish Parliament in 2007.
How to Make Control Work
How can we help people to take control in a system of self-directed support.
The Troubling Health and Care Bill
The Health and Care Bill is a means to undermine the NHS, this is a constitutional crisis.
Do Schools Enable Community?
Are schools actually helping us create better and stronger communities?
Homelessness in Sheffield since 2005
This article explores how levels of homelessness have changed in Sheffield since 2005.
Safe Space is the first ever Peer-Led Crisis Service and it's run by the People Focused Group (PFG) Doncaster.
Global Ranking of Electoral Systems
There are many different electoral systems used around the world, most better than the UK system.
An Inclusive Multi-Media Campaign
Irwin Mitchell created a multi-media campaign that sets a new standard for inclusivity.
Electric Cars, Sharing and Decarbonising
Further measures on car use must be taken now in order to meet the UK’s overall net zero emission target by 2030.
Problems with Universal Basic Services (UBS)
A response by Simon Duffy to Anna Coote's criticism of UBI.
Disability Benefits and Suicide
A Channel Four documentary has revealed the cruel nature of the UK's disability system.
An Interview with Lou Townson
Lou Townson talks about her experience as a leader and an advocate in the self-advocacy movement.
On Social Prescribing
Social prescribing can become used in ways that are insensitive to what people really need.
Make Everyone a Policy Maker
PolicyEngine is a tool that gives the public an unprecedented insight into the tax and benefit system.
What is Citizen Network?
We are a global community working for a world where everyone matters.
Self-advocacy becomes much easier when we have the support of friends, family and peers.
UBI: Unpaid Labour and Gender Relations
We need to value care and help move society away from an unjust system that advantages men over women.
An Interview with Katrina Kurowski
Jan Walmsley interviews Katrina Kurowski about their experience as a leader and an advocate in the self-advocacy…
An Interview with Patrick Burke
Jan Walmsley interviews Patrick Burke about his experience as a leader and an advocate in the self-advocacy movement.
Imagine a Democracy
Modern democracies must tap into the power of citizenship to tackle our severe environment and social problems.
The Constitutional Elephant in the Room
The lack of democratic constitution, rooted in human rights, creates a fundamental problem in the UK and undermines…
Yorkshire - Renewing a Regional Identity
Yorkshire has a strong identity which is welcomes the diversity of all its people, yet it exists in one of the most…
Moving the Centre
The Centre for Welfare Reform is changing to become Citizen Network Research, this article explains why.
Awed by the Human Spirit
Recollections of the early days of deinstitutionalisation and the emergence of self-advocacy by one of its pioneers.
Tomorrow's Communities must be empowered to act for themselves and in partnership with public services and…
Thinking about the causes of institutionalisation can also help us identify what should be the real focus of our…
The Corruption of Social Care Reform
Social Care is poorly understood that debates about how to improve or reform it are often empty of meaning.
IUCN World Conservation Congress
The IUCN World Conservation Congress is the largest gathering of conservation expertise globally, CN Ambassadors…
Self-Advocacy History Before 1984
The People First movement leads the way in self-advocacy today, but there were also earlier developments which should…
It is misleading and unhelpful to describe communities as 'left behind' - instead we need to think how we will grow…
Action for Responsible Management of Our Rivers
ARMOUR, the remarkable story of saving rivers and building community across South Africa.
Redesigning the Benefits System with Young People in Mind
Poverty for children in the UK is growing and its time for a revolutionary shift towards Universal Basic Income (UBI).
Our Care Home in Our Community
We have lost sight of the true meaning of care and care homes are big business, driven by profit, cut off from our…
Trying Out Individual Service Funds (ISFs)
Self Directed Futures' work with Bristol City Council commissioning team on their Individual Service Fund offer.
An Ode to the Citizen Spirit of Sheffield
Sheffield has proud history of combining diverse peoples and communities into a greater whole, with a commitment to…
Improve Health by Growing Community
Our health is damaged by isolation, inequality and powerlessness, so we must reconnect people by conscious community…
Disability Activism for the Environment
Disabled people can be champions for community and environmental change and active citizenship brings personal…
Local Area Coordination and Prevention
Nick Sinclair is the Director of the Local Area Coordination Network in England and Wales and describes here the…
The Macroeconomic Case Against NHS Privatisation
The economic case for privatisation of the NHS and other public services is false, in fact privatisation is…
Energy Impairment and Social Care
There are many people with energy limiting impairments and chronic illness who are either not getting social care or…
The Ideal of Citizenship
Simon Duffy gave this talk to the LAC Network and argues that citizenship is the ideal the world needs today.
Behind the NHS Logo
The Covid pandemic has challenged and stretched the NHS as never before. What kind of service is likely to emerge and…