Social Policy and Society, Vol.3, 2004, p.343-352
The article examines the extent to which third sector organisations contribute to the implementation of public policy and the democratic process. It finds that although voluntary and community organisations VCOs) have increased participation in forums and committees across a range of government policies and programmes, real progress is limited. VCOs still face a number of barriers to meaningful engagement, including centralisation of power, tokenism, unrealistic timescales, and being seen by civil servants and politicians merely as providers of information and feedback rather than primary shapers of policy. The article concludes that although it is easier for VCOs to raise concerns it is still just as difficult for them to effect real social change.
Working with Older People, Vol. 8, June 2004, p.29-31
In the case of people with dementia, remaining in familiar surroundings can be essential to their well-being. The article explains how assistive technology can help.
J. Glasby and R. Littlechild
Bristol: Policy Press, 2004
Improving partnership working between health and social care has long been a feature of government policy but has recently gained increased impetus as a result of New Labour's commitment to joined-up government. This text provides a detailed but accessible introduction to policy and practice between health and social care. Drawing on key research, government policies and real-life case studies, this book assists health and social care professionals to work more effectively together in order to improve services for users and carers.
Community Care, Sept.30th-Oct.6th 2004, p.42-43
The article introduces the work of Caring Together, one of 37 neighbourhood schemes in Leeds that support and engage older people. It provides advocacy, advice and befriending to older people, organises social, leisure and interest pursuits, and gives practical assistance with gardening, decorating and odd jobs.
Working with Older People, Vol.8, June 2004, p.22-25
The article calls for the reintroduction of convalescent care centres for older people who need rest to recover from acute hospital treatment.