The royal family’s already supporting established organizations specifically working with refugees, according to Thorgren, who said they’ve also contributed aid to migrants through their own charitable foundation, which currently manages funds totaling more than two billion krona (around $230 million). … [Read more...] about Sweden’s King Carl Gustaf Joins Princess Sofia in Efforts to Help Syrian Refugees, Offers Royal Land to Migrants
Refugee mother and child poem analysis
Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) were registered soon after Dad became widowed, but it is only now, due to his memory loss, that I’m discovering their use. I have found that the property and finance LPA is relatively straightforward because we can both make decisions and payments as necessary. Nevertheless, when we recently tried to arrange online banking for me to directly use his account to cover his outgoings, any correspondence still had to be posted to his address. I wasn’t there to receive the letter with the access code and, having forgotten what it was for, he discarded it. The bank assures me a repeat letter was sent, but it is nowhere to be found and a third one has been requested. … [Read more...] about ‘Caring for my elderly parent from afar risks turning him into the child’
It turned out that, instead of full sets of minutes for some of the weekly team meetings, we had been sent “notes”. These did not include reference to the tongue biting. So we had no idea that Connor’s seizure activity was dismissed in a meeting four weeks before he died. We had no idea that Dr Valerie Murphy [the lead clinician responsible for Connor’s care], agreed to reduce his observations to hourly given there was “no evidence” of any seizure activity. I can barely type these words as I feel such incredulity, rage and deep sadness at the grotesque absurdity of these actions. … [Read more...] about My son Connor Sparrowhawk died needlessly. Anger spurred me into action
Both Sara and Richard are academics: she is a sociologist who specialises in autism and learning disabilities, he is a political scientist. Connor was a kind and loving child, but at 18 he became aggressive and unhappy. “Maybe he was beginning to get a sense that his life was very different from his brothers’ and his sister’s,” Sara says. “They were leaving home, going to university, and nothing like that was happening to him. No job, no prospects, no qualifications, nothing. He was just surrounded by professionals talking about his future. It was as if his social work team had forgotten that there was a boy, or young man, attached to their care budget. There was no one asking, ‘What do you want to be?’” … [Read more...] about ‘We never thought he wouldn’t come home’: why did our son, Connor Sparrowhawk, die?
Supposedly watershed cases of abuse inside ATUs have mounted up: 2011’s Winterbourne View scandal, and last year’s case centred on Whorlton Hall in County Durham. In 2013, Connor Sparrowhawk – who was autistic and had learning disabilities – died after having an epileptic fit in a bath at Slade House, an NHS-run ATU in Oxford. His family have campaigned for justice ever since. In late 2018, the wider story should have reached a tipping point when, even if identities and locations could not be established, Sky News discovered via freedom of information requests that 40 people with a learning disability or autism had died in ATUs over the previous two and a half years. … [Read more...] about Locked away: the national scandal you may have missed
The action takes place in parallel worlds: the flat in which Coraline lives with her too-busy parents, and an eerily similar one next door, accessed via a previously unnoticed door. Sitting in on the rehearsal, I watch as Parton crawls through the door into the Other Flat – only to find Kitty Whately, the singer playing her mother. But now Whately is the Other Mother, smiling relentlessly, ready to offer Coraline “whatever you want in the whole wide world!” And she is now wearing something akin to goggles: her eyes are covered with large black buttons sewn with fierce red thread. How Whateley can see through them is anyone’s guess. … [Read more...] about Neil Gaiman on Coraline the terrifying opera: ‘Being brave means being scared’