The nature of the problems the welfare state is trying to solve have changed. That’s why we need to build a 21st century welfare state that puts people and relationships at its heart.
Governments sometimes have the propensity to politely applaud grassroots movements from the sidelines instead of harnessing their power – and some are even seen as a threat. Here’s the view from Finland on NHS Change Day, citizen activism, and hope.
It’s hard to change the way you do things, whether it’s within a family or a government department – money, risk and anxiety can stop us from trying something new. But we’re starting to see some real breakthroughs in local community work. How can we help that hope to spread?
Say what you will about the UK drinking culture, but if you want to cut down on your intake, it can often feel a bit… lonely. It’s easy to lose hope without a group of people to support you – but that’s just what Club Soda is. Here’s co-founders Laura Willoughby MBE and Dr Jussi Tolvi on why relationships matter when you’re trying to make a change.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people express their strong desire to do things differently in health services. Why don’t we take them more seriously?
By Kate Bagley, Campaigns and Content Manager
Two months ago, we were sitting around a table full of clever young social innovators from Finland, when the subject of NHS Change Day arose. They were trying to start something similar in their own country, and asked what we thought of it. And honestly, I wasn’t sure what to tell them. Continue reading Hope is the best thing to come out of NHS Change Day – but is that enough?
We’re coming up to a general election, and no matter what you think about the political parties trying to win your vote, it’s a time to take a step back and think about what we’re really trying to achieve as a society. What does Britain want? And what makes a good life?