Posts by Mama Lewis

The video that changed everything

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 | 7 comments

The video that changed everything

Last week, ITV filmed May and I in our housing showing the reality of disabled housing. As we filmed, the reality of our lives wasn’t just highlighted in the piece, but starkly apparent to me. Only an hour later – before it even aired – we received our first contact from Lambeth council. I had to carry May up the stairs; we have four flights at various points in the house, inside and out. In the clip below, you can hear me puffing as I heave her up those stairs. They asked me hard questions, emotional questions that cut to the heart of what our lives are like. Not all of it...

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Hello, Lambeth? I didn’t expect this to happen so soon.

Posted on Mar 6, 2015 | 0 comments

Hello, Lambeth? I didn’t expect this to happen so soon.

On Monday, I posted about our housing problems. By Wednesday, we were finally placed in the highest priority band for housing. Now it is Friday. Only five days later and here today, a perfect example of how families like ours are treated. We used to have a wonderful social worker named Beverly. She was a force of nature. My housing issue would never have been an issue. She would have handled it on our behalf. That’s how good social work is meant to work. As an example, Lambeth are meant to pay us “direct payments” towards our care worker twice a month. Over the course of...

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Disabled and without a home: what happened next

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 | 0 comments

Disabled and without a home: what happened next

On Monday, I published a post about our housing situation. The media picked it up and it wasn’t long before the Allocations and Verifications Team Manager for Lambeth left me a voicemail message.  In it, she asked me to email some documents over to start the process to move us to the higher band. She said she’d follow up with an email explaining what was needed and where to send it. That day? No email. The next day? No email. Wednesday, again. No email. Because, that’s the way, isn’t it? That’s exactly the problem. We can talk about the lack of housing,...

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This is what being disabled and on the housing register looks like

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 | 23 comments

This is what being disabled and on the housing register looks like

A mother with leukaemia. A five-year old daughter so disabled she can’t even throw an arm around the shoulders of someone carrying her up the stairs to her flat. Over two years on the housing register and no chance of even being shortlisted for a property. This is the reality of being disabled and living in housing completely inadequate for your needs.

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Let’s play the “What we wish therapists would say” game

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 | 1 comment

Let’s play the “What we wish therapists would say” game

After a collective 24 hours in therapies, medical appointments and general ‘Team May’ meetings this week, I have had my share of so-called experts. Because I don’t swear on my blog – and a big hello to my students reading this right now – I’ve decided to imagine a world where so-called experts didn’t make me want to take a sharp implement to their face. In this world, so-called experts say things like: 1. I won’t tell you again that you can’t live in your own home because of May. Until I find you the perfect home, I will not frighten you...

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