Stories of achievement, challenge or resistance from Citizen Network’s global membership
Public Speaking Tips
Public Speaking is a fear many people have in common, Glyn Butcher loves it and shares his approach.
What do we hope for our children and could Yorkshire take back control of its own destiny?
Everyone in life is dealt a different card. Some have life easy, some have it hard.
We Are Not Service Users
People should not be defined by the services they use, services should not treat people as their property.
A Dark Childhood
Claire Louise hopes her writing will help others reach out and get help.
Mother, Daughter and UBI
A mother and a daughter, both living with disabilities, explain why they believe UBI would be transformational for…
A Self and Family Directed Adventure
Fionn and Jonathan are a father and son team who are leading the way in showing what people with Down Syndrome can…
It's My Choice
James has Down Syndrome and he uses an Individual Service Fund (ISF) to maintain control over his support and his life.
I am More than My Mental Health
Poems in memory of Kes, a wonderful young man who died before his time, but who brought joy into the lives of many.
5 Self-Directed Support Stories in Italian
Five stories from Finland about how self-directed support works in practice.
5 Self-Directed Support Stories in Finnish
Five stories from Finland of how self-directed support works in practice.
3 Self-Directed Support Stories
Three stories from Finland of how self-directed support is beginning to work in practice plus other resources
The Inclusive Headteacher
Inclusive Solutions work around the world to advance inclusion for all in schools and in the wider community.
Regulation in Education
David Zigmond tells the story of Eve, a teacher whose joy in her work is being strangled by over-regulation.
How Can We Know What People Need?
What Barbro Borge learned at the Manavodaya Institute International Facilitation Course on a Carl Poll Scholarship.
Towards Development from Within
Kabanda Mwansa shares his experience of participating in the People Based Development course held at the Manavodaya…
The Injustice of Benefit Sanctions
The welfare system has become punitive, even more bureaucratic and humiliating. It delivers pain instead of support…
Northamptonshire - Abandon Hope All Who Enter
Marion Turner-Hawes describes the hopeless, divide and completely undemocratic process by which Northamptonshire…
Krystian’s Inclusion Story
My name is Krystian Shaw and I embrace inclusion and diverse abilities.
Government Cuts are Slowly Killing Me
Lorraine Howard describes how the closure of the ILF and cuts in social care in Coventry are slowly killing her.
Basic Income Changed My Life
Anne van Dalen describes the positive impact that the freedom and security of basic income had on her life.
Our New Family
Peter Leidy shares his family's experience of partnering with another family to support an elderly relative.
Carers Benefits and Basic Income
Citizen K explores the strange paradoxes of the UK's benefit system and argues for a system of basic income.
When is Change Progress?
David Zigmond describes his final reflections as CQC closes down his GP practice for its refusal to be fully compliant…
When is Compliance Necessary for Public Safety?
David Zigmond explores how regulation, disconnected from people's real experience and evidence of impact, can…
Assessing Need Under Austerity
Virginia Moffatt compares previous efforts to assess the need for social care with the current systems emerging as…
Citizenship and Community
Rowena Hallé shares Jim's story, arguing that we must support every person to share their gifts and value everyone as…
Dangers of Prescribed Tranquillisers (Benzodiazepines)
Barry Haslam explains the devastating impact that commonly prescribed tranquillisers (Benzodiazepines) have had…
Devon County Council Supported Living Service Review
An anonymous account of how one service provider saw services for people they support cut after a new round of…
Autism in the Care System
Alice (mother of an autistic looked after child) describes the challenge of supporting a son who rejects human contact…
Care Cuts: Indignity & Uprootedness
An anonymous account of the reality of social care for one man with complex disabilities in the United Kingdom.
A Student Nurse and the DWP
Rebecca Allen explains what happens when a student nurse falls ill and needs assistance from the benefit system in the…
The Delight in Recognising a Friend
Dominic Lodge describes the delight we find in friendship - the impossibility of any artificial replacement - and the…
Carla Uses an ISF
Jenny Date describes how her daughter Carla uses an Individual Service Fund (ISF) so that she can have flexible support…
Using a Personal Health Budget
Rob Moriarty describes the benefits of using a personal health budget for himself and the merits of the system.
Coffee, Cake and the Recipe for Friendship
Living independently should not mean living in loneliness, Dominic Lodge has learnt from experience.
I Wanna Hold Your Hand
Alison Chalmers realised it was time for her daughter to walk with independence, however difficult she found it as a…
The Person Who Most Inspires Me
Alison Chalmers describes all the ways in which her daughter inspires her.
Why I Couldn't Care Less
Alison Chalmers writes with candour about the struggles of caring.
Battling for Disabled People's Equality
Jim Elder-Woodward was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Glasgow for his work advancing disability…
The Struggle to Get Control
Sam and Paul Mauchline live in Australia and tell the story of their struggle to get control of Paul's support package.
Excluded from University
Nadia would like to take a Disability Studies course at University. Katie Clarke writes about the barriers her…
Abusing the Blue Badge Scheme
Wendy Perez is frustrated that so many people abuse the Blue Badge scheme and make life more difficult for disabled…
The Reality of Disability Claims - Malcolm's Letter
Malcolm Mort tells the story of his long battle to claim his disability benefits, the failings of the system and the…
The Special People - A Fable
This fable is taken from Simon Duffy's book The Unmaking of Man and explores what happens when some people are treated as…
In Memory of My Mam
Rosemary O'Neill gave this heartfelt speech about her own experience as a Carer at Carers UK State of Caring Conference…
Nadia Clarke writes about the damaging impact that cuts to her personal budget will have on her life.
Disability Related Costs of Living
Micheline Mason and Mary Harrison explain why their disability benefits are vital.