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Community Re-Emerges As Priority


In the midst of the biggest cuts to adult social care since the welfare state was created, an important new piece of research has highlighted the role of community organisations in enabling the 'transformation' (and 'integration') of local health and social care services. Click here for full article.

Public Meeting on Social Care Cuts


Local campagn group Keep Our NHS Public are hosting a public meeting on 15/3/2016 entitled "Huge changes are planned for health and social care in Oxfordshire. Should we be worried?". The answer, with cuts totalling around £20 million to adult social care already approved by the Council, is sadly "yes". The meeting will take place in Oxford Town Hall from 19:30, and will be adressed by campaigner and respected journalist John Lister. There will be no charge.

Unlimited Newsletter

This is a link to the spring newsletter from Unlimited, the local disability charity. It contains details of the next next OXTRAG meeting at 1.30-3.30

on Tuesday March 15th at Speedwell House. This meeting will be discussing the strategy following the Council's decision to withdraw funding from dial-a-ride.



Cuts in Social Care: Impact on NHS


The Oxford City Locality Patient Participation Group is hosting a meeting on 26/11/2016 to talk about the impact cuts to the adult social social care budget on people who use NHS Services. This is a link to the flier.

The Ethics of Personal Health Budgets in Austerity


Back in September, Personal Health Budgets attracted some criticism from the British Medical Association and other medical quarters. I was discussing this with a colleague a couple of weeks ago, and we were trying to decide whether the criticism was fair. Click here for full story

Affordable Warmth


With support from Low Carbon West Oxford, Anne Cliverd has been working with people who may be at risk as a result of being unable to heat their homes. As the project passes the three year mark, we are hosting 2 meetings to talk about some of the issues with others who may be interested. Meetings will take place at West Oxford Community Centre on Tuesday 8th September and Thursday 1st October. Click here for further details.

Food for Thought & Dial-a-Ride

This September, we are hoping to give over some time at our Food for Thought meeting to talk about the County Council's proposals to end funding for the vital Dial-a-ride service. The meeting will take place on 2/9/2015 from 18:30 to 20:00 at West Oxford Community Centre, in the lovely Cafe. You can download the flier here. Click here to read more.

Proposals to End Funding for Dial-a-Ride


An Open Response from Community Glue


Oxfordshire County Council are currently consulting on proposals to save £6.1 million (about one fifth) of their supported transport services. They are planning to make most of the cuts to subsidised bus routes (either by withdrawing the subsidy altogether, or by reducing it). However, Dial-a-Ride is also in the cross-hairs. Click here to read more.

Direct Payments User Group Meets for First Time


We went to the first meeting of the Direct Payments User Group hosted by AgeUK on Wednesday. We were keen to support it, not only because we had tried (and failed) to get something similar going a few years ago, but also because the research we did for Healthwatch last year clearly highlighted the need for more 'peer support. Click here to read more

Help over Yule


Link to an updated list of resources for people who may be having suicidal thoughts or feelings over what is a difficult time of year for many people.

Social Enterprise and Micro-Enterprise


This short post comes from two simple ideas, and an idea about bringing them together. Micro-enterprises are small local enterprises that provide a range of social and health care, supported housing and leisure services. They are frequently run by and for people who use health and social care services. Social enterprises are defined as trading organisations working for a social purpose. Often they can be the same thing, but they are often not (click here to read more).

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