RESCARE, UK Forced to Close its Doors after 25 years
was founded in 1984 as a registered charity. A voluntary organisation in the North of England, promoting the welfare of children and adults with learning disabilities (intellectual disabilities) and their families through newsletters, leaflets, bulletins, personal contacts and the welfare/helpline service.
Affiliated groups, individual and family, thousands of friends and its affiliations worldwide, especially in Australia and New Zealand, all indicated widespread support for its aims.
Richard Jackson, whilst in office for all those years carried out the duties of both Chairman and the daily requirements of the office (in effect a Chief Executive). He was only able to carry out the latter position because he lived locally in Stockport, and because of his exceptional dedication to the cause.
Younger people, as with many voluntary organisations today, are not coming forward to replace those of us getting no younger. Within today's society, it appears few will do what the old guard have done on a voluntary basis.
The few old guard remaining, can see no positive means of permanent recovery... After much deliberation, decided to recommend winding up of the Rescare Society at the October AGM.
LISA Comment: The role of LISA Inc is similar to that which Rescare has been doing for over 25 years - "Empower and Expose".
Although their achievements over a quarter of a century have been enormous, they did not have to contend with central government providing direct care services. As we have in Australia, where state governments directly provide unaccountable, public service, captive market, services.
With some relief in the time tunnel, and the potential to get government out of direct service provision, through the trend towards ISPs (Individual Service Packages), there is still no room for compliancy as, (a) NDIS ISPs could be many years away, (b) those with high support needs and no family, don't move service provision easily and, (c) government departments don't give up their power over people without a fight.
As with Rescare, the LISA team is getting no younger. We need the help of the younger generation to ensure those in our society who are disadvantaged by disability fully realise the national ideal of a 'fair go' and real quality of life care.
Extra 1: Dr Rhonda Galbally will be addressing the National Press Club, Canberra, again, on 23 November 2011 - (LINK)