CARING ACTIVISM: A NEW CONCEPT OF CARE FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN

 

Peter Limbrick writes: 

Welcome to this new website - started in January 2016 just after the book 'Caring Activism: A 21st century concept of care' was published. It is intended that the website will grow as Caring Activism develops around the world.

Caring Activism promotes local direct action teamwork in which citizens join together to support vulnerable children, teenagers, adults and elderly people in any part of the world. 

There cannot be a universal definition to say who is vulnerable. I am defining vulnerable people of any age, from newborn to ninety-year-old, as having a significant illness or disability and then being exposed to a challenging situation. I have in mind such challenging situations as eviction from home, sinking into poverty after loss of job, and displacement from neighbourhood or country by war or humanitarian crisis. 

 

Caring activism is proposed as a secular concept of care for vulnerable people of any age who are struggling with ineffective support or with no support at all.

 

The two guiding principles are firstly, that no vulnerable person is knowingly left without support and, secondly, that no person wanting to help tries to do so on their own. Caring activism would be the work of caring activists joining together to support a vulnerable person or group of vulnerable people who would otherwise be abandoned to their fate.   

Caring activists would operate within a neighbourhood, a locality or a ‘patch’ and largely stay within those bounds. This could be a village, a district within a town, a neighbourhood of city streets, a housing estate or a camp of displaced people. 

 

Each ‘Team’ of caring activists supporting a vulnerable person has two major functions:

      - Being present in a helping relationship with the vulnerable person

      - Providing immediate relevant practical support

 

A ‘Forum’ of caring activists takes an interest in a particular group of vulnerable people on its patch. Such a group could be frail elderly people moving between their own home, hospital and care home or teenagers with learning disability and autism being stuck at home with no meaningful activity after leaving school. A local Forum will generate Teams around individual vulnerable people. 

 

Caring activists look out for neglect or ill-treatment when vulnerable children, adults or elderly people are in care homes, hospitals and other institutions and then bring it into the open.

 

Teams and Forums work independently of local authorities but will form working partnerships with public, voluntary and private organisations when that brings added benefit to vulnerable people. A defining feature of caring activism is horizontal teamwork in which collective action is stronger than individual action and in which people work with each other on a horizontal plane without top-down management.

 

The book - Caring Activism: A 21st century concept of care

 

By Peter Limbrick.

Edited by Professor Hilton Davis, Emeritus Professor of Child Health Psychology at Kings College London.

Published by Interconnections in January 2016. Paperback. 98 pages. £12.99. Available from Amazon and Interconnections

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Extract from the Foreword by Hilton Davis: 

“I wholeheartedly recommend this humane book, which is about releasing our power as individuals in communities to help each other as a complement to and enhancement of professional services. The messages are refreshingly respectful and highly relevant to our modern society, where governments are prepared to ignore the needy and futile violence continues to devastate whole societies and drives mass migration.”

 

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