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Citizenship - a guide

Sam Sly explains why she has developed a new guide to accompany the Keys to Citizenship.

Keys to Citizenship was the nationally acclaimed concept conceived by Simon Duffy and published as a guide to getting good support for people with learning disabilities in 2003.

The principles set out in Keys to Citizenship were taken on by many working alongside people with learning disabilities and increasingly other groups of people have found that its principles apply equally to everyone. It was a book that helped people to improve people’s lives. It was at the forefront of developing true citizenship for all.

In 2014 Simon Duffy and Wendy Perez published a revised and accessible version of Keys to Citizenship called Citizenship for All. Importantly the new model for Keys added a seventh key – Love.

The 7 Keys to Citizenship are:

  1. Purpose – having goals, hopes and dreams and a structure for life and a plan to achieve this – having our own direction
  2. Freedom – having control and the ability to speak up and be heard and to be legally visible in society – taking charge of our own life
  3. Money – having enough money to live a good life and control over how that money is spent
  4. Home – having a place that belongs to us where we have control over everything that happens there and feel safe – a base for a good life
  5. Help – having good help that enhances our gifts, talents and skills and supports our standing, freedom, rights and responsibilities
  6. Life – making an active contribution to our communities – sharing our gifts – making a difference – learning with others – taking risks and having fun
  7. Love – having loving relationships – nding friendships – enjoying life, love and sex – being part of a family – respecting ourselves and the rights of others

Sadly, more than ten years on, too many people with disabilities are still being abused, and are still not getting the chance to be full citizens enjoying great lives.

We strongly believe this is not acceptable.

So in 2014 Simon Duffy, Wendy Perez, members of Cornwall People First, Gary Kent and myself came together as a project group to explore how Keys to Citizenship can once again be pivotal to improving people’s lives If like us you want to make a difference to the lives of the people you support then this guide will help you make those changes.

Read and download the free pdf here.