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Welcome to Community Glue

Welcome to our web site, which has just had another facelift. We are a small community organisation that works collaboratively to support people affected by ill-health, old age or 'disability'. You can read more about our values and beliefs here.

The impact of the economic crisis is really starting to hit the NHS and local authority social services, as well as the many charities and social enterprises they fund. Of course for many people the last five years have been far from easy. With cuts to a range of benefits and state support, many people who used to live independently and make important contributions are already struggling. The scale of the cuts are is so drastic that the NHS and social care services are being forced to make major organisational changes to achieve them. We are working with our local partners to minimise the harm, but also to make the best out of the opportunities that these organisational changes offer.

Firstly, we need to persuade our fellow citizens and the politicians who represent us of the importance of some of the services under threat, and to help people who are trying to assert their legal and civils rights to support. Secondly we will help local groups, organisations and individuals who need to change in order to survive the new economic realities. Thirdly, we will work collaboratively to develop new, sustainable, community-based supports. You can find a list of our partner organisations with links to their web sites here.

We're also going to continue to develop our own projects, which will be local, collaborative and focussed on personal budgets. This year we've been working with HealthWatch Oxfordshire to look at how personal budgets are working, and review how they could develop locally. You can read our report here. Descriptions of the other things we do for money (and sometimes for no money) can be found here.

If you want to tell us what you think about these ideas, or any ideas you have, you can find our contact details here. We'd love to hear from you!