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16 February: It's Our Community

A positive vision for inclusive communities created by disabled people and many other experts in social care is possible.

COVID-19 has demonstrated the power of local neighbourhoods and the vital importance of ensuring people get personalised support - and avoid congregated institutional care whenever possible. 

However social care - for children and adults - is still stuck in the past. There has been a severe failure to invest in social care, to believe in communities and to protect the rights of families, disabled and older people.

The future of social care must be people powered, rights-based and organised at a neighbourhood level.

It’s time to:

  • End poverty in social care - stop unfair charges and low wages
  • Invest in neighbourhoods - create welcoming and inclusive communities
  • Liberate our citizens - cut out bureaucracy, centralisation and red-tape

Speakers include:

Liz Kendall MP - Shadow Social Care Minister
Caroline Waugh - Co-founder of Cycling for All
Dr Brian Fisher - Socialist Health Association
Shahida Siddique - Faithstar
Dr Simon Duffy - Centre for Welfare Reform
Clare Hyde - Director of the Foundation for Families
Nick Sinclair - Local Area Coordination Network
Kelly Hicks - PFG Doncaster
Brendan Martin - Buurtzorg Britain & Ireland

Join us online and let us know what you think as we poll the audience on key issues.

Date: Tuesday 16 February 2021

At: 13:00 – 17:00 GMT


Register at:


View the conference schedule here.

This conference has been developed by the Centre for Welfare Reform, the Yorkshire Socialist Health Association and the Festival of Debate and it will also be available on Citizen Network TV.