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David Donnison

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420381

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420381.001.0001

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Groups and communities

Groups and communities

(p.89) five Groups and communities
Speaking to power

David Donnison

Policy Press

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

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