In June of this year, the Government of Britain brought about a Care and Support Bill which would decide what public services are provided to disabled adults. More than 100,000 people rely on social care and are able to lead ordinary lives by receiving help with dressing, washing, eating, using the bathroom, communicating, mobility and shopping. Social care is not a convenience; it’s a necessary lifeline.
Britain Cares was a movement to show the Government that people care about providing disabled individuals with support so they can lead productive lives. They asked people to take a photo saying “I care” and send it to their MP. Some of the photos on the site are very clever, with “I CARE” being spelled out in food, Scrabble letters, flower petals and magnets, on pregnant bellies and in cross-stitch.
As someone who’s always willing to help people, I completely understand this movement. You may be asking yourself, however, why care if there are those who can’t independently look after themselves?
Because this could be you or someone you care about one day. Like Ema, who fosters animals for the RSPCA and has a painful ligament disorder.
Because there are people in this world who are brilliant and have much to offer but may need help doing simple things like getting dressed. Like Angela, who has a degree in psychology and a spinal brain injury.
Because when you help someone, they turn around and help someone else. Like David, who has a severe learning disability and yet learned to play the guitar. He helped to put on a special club night for people with learning disabilities.
In the end, the British Government “recognised the compelling moral and economic case for investing in social care. The care system has been chronically underfunded by successive governments and so we welcome the Government has taken this step.” (Richard Hawkes, Chair of the Care and Support Alliance)
Here at home, we have to contend with a grandmother receiving a hate-filled letter from a neighbour about her 13-year-old autistic grandson, Max. I won’t give the anonymous sender any more power by posting a photo of the letter; suffice it to say that it was vile. The police have investigated and decided the letter does not constitute a hate crime, despite the fact that the woman wrote that Max “should be euthanized.” Following this horrific event at least 120 people, including families with autistic children, showed up outside Max’s grandmother’s home to show support.
“I Care” are two words the Britain Cares movement want you to show. Tolerance and compassion are two words I would like everyone to show.
THE SQUARES – WEEK 33
Square one uses a Front Post Treble Crochet, adapted from a diamond pattern. The diamond didn’t work well for me so I chose to go in one direction, but it has a definite lean. Square three is an “L” for the It-Feels-Like-This-Alphabet-Blanket-Is-Never-Going-To-Be-Finished project – almost halfway there. I’m probably going to have to rename this project soon!
Square Count: 231