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Postcards from the Edges is back

Help us to campaign for better social care funding

We want to enable as many people as possible to share their view of what good care is.

Since 2010, cuts in spending have meant that adult social care is widely believed to be seriously underfunded so that many vulnerable people are not receiving the care they need.

The general public can be confused about what social care is, what it does and who pays for it. Adult Social Care is not just for the elderly – too often people forget that care can be needed at any stage of a person’s adult life. Our aim is to make the Government realise how important these essential services are to the lives of so many people.

In the short term, we were disappointed by Chancellor Philip Hammond’s failure to address the social care crisis in the November 2016 Autumn Statement. However, we have been encouraged by the way in which MPs across the political divide voiced their concerns on this issue.

Similarly, measures for social care set out by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid in the 2017 / 2018 local government finance settlement were welcome. But the additional funding announced failed to make the step change that is needed to support disabled and older people, many of whom are completely dependent on the state to fund their care.

That’s why we’re continuing to campaign to show the Government how important social care is and urge the Chancellor Philip Hammond to provide the funding it so vitally needs.

How?

Our Postcards from the Edges campaign focuses on asking people to illustrate a postcard explaining what social care means to them – this could be through a drawing, a poem, a video message, a photo or any other creative way.

We’re encouraging everyone to use the tools on this website to make a postcard. Find out more about how to do this here.

We want the postcards to demonstrate to the Chancellor Phillip Hammond what good social care is, what it means to people with support needs, and what will be lost if adult social care continues to be under funded.

Once you’ve made a postcard and uploaded it to this site, you can share it with the Chancellor on social media using the hashtag #TellPhil.

Who?

We want the views of everyone involved throughout the support chain from the person receiving care, to individuals giving care, both paid staff and family carers, friends, campaigners, self-advocacy groups, fellow organisations – in fact anyone that has a view on what social care is.

You could:

  • Have a disability; such as learning disabilities, mental health needs, physical disabilities or other impairments
  • Be a relative or carer of someone who is affected by disability
  • Work with disabled people
  • Want to support the rights of people with disabilities or mental health needs to be heard.

FAQ

This collection of frequently asked questions (FAQs) provides brief answers to many common questions about Postcards from the Edges.

What will happen to the postcards?

Our usage policy

The postcards may be displayed online, in United Response print publications and as part of potential art exhibitions at Parliament, and may also be sold in our shop.

Terms and conditions

Before you submit a postcard, have a read through our terms and conditions.

If you have any questions or comments relating to Postcards from the Edges, please email webmaster@unitedresponse.org.uk

How can I stay involved with Postcards from the Edges?

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