Big Society, Disability and Civil Society Research

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

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Big Society just got a little bit smaller …

We’re really sorry to see this fantastic initiative lose funding ….


The Big Society just got a little bit smaller


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Max Neill

We are very sad to learn that Max Neill passed away on 29th February, 2016.

As an experienced community living advisor and leader in the development of person centred approaches, Max was a much-respected member of the research team. Max’s gentle presence served always to remind us of the power and importance of connected communities.

We will miss him.

Our thoughts are with his family.

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North West Regional Forum, Blackpool, 24th February, 2016

We were delighted to be invited back to Blackpool for this year’s regional forum.  You can find out more about self-advocacy in the North West here.

The annual Forum is an opportunity for 120 self-advocates from across the North West to come together to talk about the issues that matter to them.

Katherine said: “I would like to thank the Forum for inviting us again this year to talk about our research findings.  It was great to be able to talk about the work with self-advocates at the conference and I’m looking forward to visiting some of the local self-advocacy groups to tell them more.

If you would like to read our presentation to the Forum, you can down load it here

Blackpool LD Forum 2016

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PhD Studentship announced at MMU

Details of a studentship at Manchester Metropolitan University working with young people with learning disabilities in transition are available here: 

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