The Centre for Welfare Reform

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Established by Simon Duffy in October 2009, The Centre for Welfare Reform is an independent research and development network which works to redesign the welfare state to:

  • Increase social justice
  • Promote citizenship for all
  • Strengthen families
  • Enrich our communities

Link to their website and benefit from access to their regular bulletins and reports and articles published on the web.

Campaign for a Fair Society


Campaign for a Fair Society – Individuals can build the campaign, protest and support positive reform.

Click here to join – it’s free.

Organisations – many small and large organisations already support the Campaign. Visit the country pages to see the growing lists of organisations that are supporting this campaign and find details of joining.



BASE – The knowledge base is an open, freely accessible trove of information and resources, both for supported employment and for disability / employment support generally.

In addition to contributions from BASE and its member organisations, the knowledge base also acts as an archive for initiatives such as Valuing People Now.

Disability News Service


Disability News Service – Disability News Service (DNS) is run by John Pring, an experienced journalist who has been reporting on disability issues for more than 15 years.

He launched DNS to address the absence of in-depth reporting in both the specialist and mainstream media on issues that affect the lives of disabled people.



CHANGE – Change is a leading international human rights organisation led by Disabled People who work for the human rights and inclusion of all people with learning disabilities. In addition to specific work they produce a range of accessible information resources.

BILD – British Institute of Learning Disabilities


BILD – British Institute of Learning Disabilities – We want people with learning disabilities to be valued equally, participate fully in their communities and be treated with dignity and respect.

Our services help develop the organisations who provide services, and the people who give support. That way we play a part in making sure people are supported with dignity and respect and can make choices and decisions about their lives.We use our training and qualifications, our events and conferences, our books and journals, as well as the information we provide to our members, to help spread good practice. We put people with learning disabilities and family carers at the centre in all our work.

VAI Scotand (VAIS)


VAI Scotand (VAIS) – We promote the rights and equality of people with learning difficulties.

VIAS promotes rights, choice and control for people with learning difficulties and individuals on the autistic spectrum. We work with others to ensure that people live good, ordinary, independent lives in the community with person centred supports.

Our main areas of work are around providing training and consultancy, campaigning and conducting research into what does and doesn’t work in the lives of people with learning difficulties and individuals on the autistic spectrum.

Department of Health


Department of Health – Public health, adult social care, and the NHS Learning Disabilities section



Paradigm is the leading consultancy, training and development agency in the field of disability. For ten years they have worked tirelessly to promote person centred approaches and self directed support.

Their Values are:

  • Justice, Inclusion, Accountability, Tenacity, Delivery, Purposeful, Commitment, Fun and Generosity
  • Honesty, Simplicity, Clarity and Difference
  • People, Relationships, Ourselves and You!

They provide a broad range of products and services including consultancy, training, events, publications, projects, research and development.

They’ve worked with international, national (including Department of Health, Department for Education and Skills, Office for Disability Issues, Learning and Skills Council, Connexions, Commission for Social Care Improvement, Valuing People Support Team, Care Services Improvement Partnership and the Department for Communities and Local Government), regional and local government agencies, support providers, educational establishments, campaigning and advocacy groups, and community organisations.

Learning Disability England

LDE – Stronger, Louder, Together?

LDE brings together Housing and Support Alliance and People First England with other national bodies led by or involving work with people with learning disabilities and their families, individual people with learning disabilities, families, friends and their supporters.The Housing and Support Alliance (H&SA) wants to create more choice and control for people with learning disabilities over where they live and how they are supported.

It is a national charity and membership organisation working with people with learning disabilities, families, advocacy organisations, housing and support providers and commissioners.The aim is to create a strong, authentic voice and a movement for change.

They believe that people with learning disabilities should:

  • live ordinary lives in their community
  • have the same rights as everyone else – to make choices and to
  • control what happens in their lives.

For Membership details see:

Building Bridges

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Building Bridges – We are a group of experienced trainers with learning disabilities who live in Sandwell, in the West Midlands. Building Bridges Training started in September 2008, although most of us have been trainers since 2004.

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