Work, ﬁrst on the list?
Supported employment in the 21st century
The journey away from the institution
has been long and closing down
long-stay hospitals was only a
We have had to develop a range of
different innovations and theories in
order to help guide us away from our
We have still got a long way to go.
The system spends people’s money
on things people wouldn’t buy for themselves
Making citizenship real for all
1. Purpose - expressing my gifts
2. Free - life lived my way
3. Money - having enough
4. Home - my own place
5. Help - needing others
6. Life - getting stuck in
7. Love - friends, family and lovers
Work, should be ﬁrst on the list
1. Meaning - ﬁts me
2. Responsibility - grown up
3. Independence - my money
4. Belonging - presence
5. Colleagues - community
6. Contribution - a difference
7. Friendship - mates
The lame rides a horse!
the maimed drives the herd!
the deaf is brave in battle.!
A man is better!
blind than buried.!
A dead man is deft at nothing.
Havamal (The Sayings of the Vikings)
Supported employment showed
people don’t need to be stuck in day
Real paid work is a real possibility
Even when times are tough
Even with crazy beneﬁt systems
Innovations need to develop
Government’s don’t innovate
Innovations must evolve
We must also challenge the system
Challenge crazy policies
1. End the transition’s gap - a fair start for all families
2. End crazy eligibility thresholds, don’t wait for crisis
3. Make Self-Directed Support a ﬂexible entitlement
4. End the Care Tax - another poverty trap
5. Empower local government - protect the local
6. Guarantee a basic income for all - security for all
7. Close down the DWP - no more beneﬁts shame
Continue to innovate
1. Work through with schools and families
2. Support peer networks for people and families
3. Support different forms of employment - selfemployment, social enterprise, micro-employment
4. Train personal assistants and supporters
5. See employers as champions
6. Ensure statutory bodies lead the way
7. Focus on neighbourhoods - the real local