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You Could Write for the Neighbourgood

I have written quite a few short articles now and have been very conscious of the fact that I am discussing things that are not my lived experience. The Neighbourgood is intended as a resource for people with disabilities and other things, that might lead to difficulties in life. Whilst I have experienced a few problems myself, I am not disabled nor am I a carer. I am a social worker which I hope gives me a bit of credibility but I know I write from a particular perspective and that means I might occasionally get it wrong. Where I do, I would appreciate someone to be able offer another perspective or, put me right!

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In Loving Memory

On Friday 22nd February 2013, my mother, Joan died. I agreed to speak at her funeral and represented my brother and two sisters in doing so. As I wrote down what I wanted to say, it came to me that much of what I could speak about would make for good content for the Neighbourgood web site with its emphasis on social care. The more I thought and wrote, the more obvious it seemed that Joan incorporated principles of community care in her every day living and seemed like a natural inhabitant of the Neighbourgood. So that’s what I’m doing here writing about her and drawing inspiration from her.

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Shorts on a washing line

The Tourist

I am writing this in Tenerife. That sounds pretty grand but really, it is not. We got a cheap week away in the sun which so far, has not really put in much of an appearance, but it is only day two and I remain hopeful!

What I am struck with is that here, I am a foreigner and I am wondering how much this is like the experience of people who have a disability? Not only am I evidently, a visitor with my pale skin and ridiculous shorts, I am also a tourist and the unwilling participant in all of the associated stereotypes. It seems that no matter what I do, I can’t shake that sense of not belonging. Do You Care? Read on

Woman with cigarette

Loneliness Bad For You? Well, it Might Not Be Good

We knew that! But research it seems, thinks that social isolation can be as bad for you as smoking!

OK, I’ll confess two things straight away; first, I haven’t read the research and second I’m already cynical. I know, I know, it’s not good to be cynical of something I haven’t read but I’m going to be anyway. If you want to tell me how cross you are about that then please do so in the comments box below. But still, I have read a few online articles since catching the headlines around this and I’ve seen some interesting points and learned a few things.

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Caring Friendship is Cruical

This is my third post looking at caring relationships. Part One was, Care to Care and Part two, Standard of Care. I aimed to be done in two but the more I thought about things, the more came to mind. Here, I want to think about the place of friendship in care or maybe the place of care in friendship!  Caring Friendship is crucial to relationships, to individuals and to the economy. Do You Care? Read on

Quill pen in bottle

Is this The Neighbourgood Blog?

I don’t really like the word Blog.  That’s one reason I called this section in the Neighbourgood, “News” which in my view, is what many blogs try to do and what I think, is a better fit.  Having said that, I would prefer, “News & Views” but that makes for an awkward menu item in the navigation.  It sounds more like what these posts are looking like but then, that might make it more appropriate to use the word blog! Do You Care? Read on

Pens in a woman's hair

So, How Will The Neighbourgood Work?

It still is early days and if I’m honest, we still aren’t quite ready to promote The Neighbourgood. You see, I had a change of plan with the site’s design recently and I’m taking a different route with the way the site is built. I won’t bore you with the details here but if you are interested, it has to do with using a premium plug-in for WordPress called Types Tool Set. It’s complicated. Do You Care? Read on