The research examined innovations in social care developed by adults with learning disabilities and their supporters in four case-study areas in the UK – two in England and two in Scotland. With policy shifting towards personalisation and day centres closing former service-users, with families and allies, have been seeking to self-build their own forms of social care. Using creative and dialogic methods insights were gained into to lives undergoing changes on personal, interpersonal and community planes. Using a framework of the economic, personal and democratic dimensions of lifelong learning, we observed individuals and groups navigate processes of finding out, making contributions, developing new identities, and sharing connections. Their self-build innovations were often forms of peer-support including ‘friendship circles’ and pooling of personal budgets. The team developed a set of resource packs for emerging initiatives, on issues including funding, organisation and activities.
Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups
& Hannah Macpherson, 2021 , Geoforum , 125 , 87--95
Researching belonging with people with learning disabilities: self-building active community lives in the context of personalisation
John Paul Donnelly,
& Lisa Donnelly, 2021 , British Journal of Learning Disabilities
& Abigail Elizabeth Croydon, 2020 , Disability & Society , 0