Social care means many things to many people. To politicians its a platform for them to get elected (cynical I know but true?); professionals in all sectors struggle in an every decreasing economic climate, suffocating within rules and guidelines that are there to protect both them and clients but so often fail both; the private sector motivations are many fold, good intentions and good deeds and good conscious can all equate to good advertising and good marketing; private individuals and NGO’s are constantly evolving and changing as the need dictates but are often ‘after the fact”.
All of this can read very depressingly but I am an optimist not a “half empty cup” type of person. I believe collectively we can bring about change and care about our fellow man. This blog is about that aspect, I want to look at the social care that is in existence that is working and what we can learn from it to carry into the future. Too often the cry of ‘not enough’ is heard and the other favourite of course is’ “there is no money”. Well that all might be true but still we try and we make differences small and large. So don’t lose hope, focus on what can and is being achieved, small steps can lead us a long way. If interested have a look these ‘optimistic’ quotes that are always on a sticker on my fridge, http://www.terrystarbucker.com/2008/09/29/my-10-favorite-half-full-quotes-reprised/. My most favourite quote though is by an American Scientist, Margaret Mead (1901-1978), “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” I first came across her when I was a student nurse and it resonated with me then and still does today. As it all applies to this blog I want to share the events and people who are making positive contributions to social care and I ask that you share them too, write to me, comment, tell me what you think.