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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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High Quality Chocolates

When is it Wrong to Share.

On one level, it’s never wrong. If people need care and support then why would we ever argue that they shouldn’t be given it? Also, there’s something about sharing and general generosity that is just good for everyone.  I would guess that most of us grew up being encouraged to share things with siblings, other family members, visitors or friends. It might have included giving up some sweets or sharing some material possession but whatever it was, and if you are like me, it might also have presented a dilemma: “What? Share my Sweets!” That was never easy and on top of that we also grew up with other notions around saving, preserving, defending and asserting ourselves. We were told to look after things or save some for later. How can we give stuff away and preserve our own comfort or keep ourselves ready for the future? It’s a tough place to be in when someone gives you a lovely box of chocolates and then suggests the first thing to do is to share. When it comes to chocolate, I also understand that that is not just a childhood dilemma! Do You Care? Read on