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Last month the government realised the Giving Green Paper to open up discussion around how charity, community and giving help create the Big Society, through the three key elements of empowering communities, opening up public services and encouraging social action. Much of the paper reflected lessons that we’ve learnt through the first phase of Have a […]


This week the National Care Forum annual review took place, where the focus was on the challenges of providing adult care in precarious times, looking ahead to the future of care. The report launched at the event highlights how the gap is widening between what individuals and the state can afford and what is needed as […]


We’ve spent the last few months chatting to older adults about the support they value and how we could use the web to connect people who want to do more in the community together. Besides talking to potential service users and providers, we’ve been attending events, looking out for campaigns and working out how Have […]


Last week we were delighted to be invited along to Bradford’s Older People Reference group to present Have a Go Heroes. An excellent example of valued support within the community, the group was a great place to explore how Have a Go Heroes might be able to help create more of the same through new […]


In the age of the Big Society, more than ever before, it’s vital that we begin to think increasingly about unlocking the potential of service users themselves (you know, the likes of you and me) to reimagine local services and help them cope with the increasing strain on their budgets. Luckily, as we reported from […]


“There is an estimated 50,000 informal carers in the United Kingdom as of last year (a study in the British Medical Journal). These informal carers are usually family members or close friends of the person being cared for. According to Cass Business School, a community based approach to caring for people can save up to […]


Last week Have A Go Heroes dropped into the North Birmingham Older Peoples Reference Group. It was a great opportunity for us to explore the real concerns of older people, the type of support that received in their communities and what they felt was missing. The meetings take place every two to three months and […]