A bit of praise

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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What you don’t know about my husband

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 | 4 comments

What you don’t know about my husband

I am the face of this blog. As such, people often tell me how much they admire my dedication to May. What people don’t realize is that my husband deserves much of the credit. My husband is May’s main caregiver. Her bather. Her chef. Her afternoon sleeping companion. She’s watched a full Tour de France. Twice. All because she spends so much time with him. “This is the song that proved May has better taste in music than you, Stacie,” is a typical aside in our conversation. And May does genuinely has a more eclectic taste in music than I do. Why? Because she spends...

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My husband is literally giving the shirt off his back

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 | 0 comments

My husband is literally giving the shirt off his back

…and swapping it for an Anthony Nolan Trust one. And here he is! Wearing his brand new Anthony Nolan Trust racing top for the charity cycle he is doing in my name. It’s my last day of the first round of my new chemotherapy – one week on, three weeks off. To say I’m thrilled to see the back of this place for a few weeks is an understatement. The chemotherapy day unit is one of the most depressing holes I’ve had the pleasure of being made to wait three hours for a five minute treatment in. Or, spa treatment as I insist my doctor calls it. Which she does. Why not...

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The report is clear: disabled children’s rights are being compromised

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 | 3 comments

The report is clear: disabled children’s rights are being compromised

This week, I attended the launch of the Parliamentary report into childcare for disabled children. Chaired by MPs Robert Buckland and Pat Glass, it took into consideration extensive research by Contact a Family and the personal evidence of parents, local councils and education providers. The report is stark reading. The statistics are truly awful. Children are being denied a right to an education and play, and this goes against the UN Convention on the Rights of Children, not to mention our own British laws. In short, it is illegal. On the night, I was asked to speak again. I pointed out the...

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