Big Society, Disability and Civil Society Research

Website for ESRC research project 'Big Society? Disabled People with Learning Disabilities and Civil Society'

10th August, 2015: Meeting #PeopleFirst, Dunedin, New Zealand

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Katherine Runswick-Cole (MMU), a member of the research team, met with People First, Dunedin, Australia.  People First New Zealand was set up in the 1980s and has a long history of promoting self-advocacy.  You can find out more about the organisation here:

The meeting was an opportunity for Katherine to share research findings from the project and to talk to members about the state of play for self-advocacy in the UK.  She also learned about the opportunities and challenges facing self-advocates in New Zealand.  Discussion ranged from talking about opportunities for open employment, to the role of self-advocacy and the opportunities for community participation in New Zealand and the UK.

Katherine also spoke about political activism in the UK and the on-going #JusticeforLB campaign (



Author: Katherine RC

Katherine is Research Fellow in Disability Studies and Psychology at the Research Institute for Health and Social Change at Manchester Metropolitan University

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