How ordinary citizens can support vulnerable people when public services are ineffective
Many vulnerable people live beyond the reach of public services and must cope on their own
Caring Activism: A 21st century concept of care
By Peter Limbrick. 2016
Think of rough sleepers in Europe’s capitals, of teenagers leaving care homes without aftercare, of elderly people struggling alone without family or friends. Think of people displaced by conflict and natural disasters.
How many of these people have autism or cerebral palsy, are blind or deaf, suffer from serious mental or physical illness? Nobody knows. But being ill or disabled brings added risk in these challenging situations and can mean being excluded when some help arrives.
Many of these vulnerable people live beyond the reach of public services and must cope as best they can on their own. This book suggests every citizen has the choice of turning away from their plight or taking action.
Peter Limbrick’s concept of Caring Activism harnesses the commitment and energy typical of activists in other spheres of human concern. Caring activists create power with others rather than working alone.