Groups and communities

David Donnison

in Speaking to power

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9781847420381
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303589 | DOI:
Groups and communities

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Most of the advocacy funded by the state is likely to be focused on individuals dealing with one-off problems. But collective advocacy by groups of service users must continue alongside this work. Groups form for all sorts of good reasons – therapeutic, educational, or simply as supportive clubs of friends. This chapter deals with groups that help their members and others like themselves to get the help and treatment they should be entitled to and to bring about improvements in the services they all depend on. It begins by briefly describing these kinds of groups; how they form and what links they have with the communities around them. The chapter then gives examples of the advocacy in which they get involved. Each of these sections of the chapter is divided into two parts: the first dealing with groups of people who have mental illnesses, and the second with groups whose members have learning disabilities.

Keywords: collective advocacy; groups of people; advocates; mental illness; learning disabilities; learning disability

Chapter.  3956 words. 

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