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Carers UK Forum • Dog with a bone
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Dog with a bone

Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:40 pm
by Henrietta
As I may have mentioned once or twice, I have a particular caring axe to grind and have been left feeling like a dog with a bone. I was fortunate and escaped by the skin of my teeth but would very much like to raise awareness on my issue . So few of us fall into this particular category but I have come across others and I would dearly love to make a difference.
I am not keen on personal publicity (unless someone offered me a fortune for my story LOL) and would not want to appear on TV but am looking for more subtle and effective ways to raise awareness or get this issue looked at or changed while I continue to gnaw on this particular bone.
Looking for suggestions- who best to contact etc Thoughts welcome. Where to start, what order to do it in etc

Re: Dog with a bone

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:22 am
by MrsAverage
Hi Henrietta
What about contacting carers UK and see if they'd do an article in the magazine or in facebook? They could probably use alias.
Or article in local carers newsletter,
or set up facebook or Twitter pages

I cant remember your particular 'bone' but is there a publication or official body that might be connected eg Shelter if it's housing, Alzheimer's society if it's dementia, that would be able to help?

Kr
MrsA

Re: Dog with a bone

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:27 am
by hamsterwheel
Sadly, things are communicated these days by visual image much more effectively than the written word. So the quick methods are YouTube, Facebook et al, TV. The slow methods are articles in major newspapers down to niche websites or magazines.

Beyond that generality, it's difficult to offer suggestions without knowing the subject and whether you intend to write/produce or do something else.

Re: Dog with a bone

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:55 am
by Pet66
Unison and ACAS etc have information booklets etc sent to members on a regular basis. I still receive them, and they have all sorts of interesting articles. I'm sure they are always looking for something . Even if you have never been a union member.

Re: Dog with a bone

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:09 am
by Henrietta
Many thanks all for all your suggestions :D

My particular bone is for adult "children" who have remained in the family home who care , but not yet reached the magical age of 60 at risk of loosing EVERYTHING when councils like Boro of Poole refuse to exercise their discretionary disregard on the home.

Re: Dog with a bone

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:37 am
by hamsterwheel
I'd suggest you attend the surgery of you local MP and discuss it with her/him. If you can get your MP to mention it in the House, that's a beginning.

If you can't interest your local MP, look up the interests of other MPs in the House of Parliament and write to one who is interested in care, laying out the problem and giving a human interest story of an actual case as illustration.

Next: write a press release and send it to all of the local newspapers. I can help you with a press release, it's one of the things I was taught to write. You'd be looking for something short that includes a human interest story (i.e. an actual, local example) and quoting things someone has said. (No problem - make the quotes up and agree them with the person mentioned in the article.).

Lower down the scale - as someone has said, look for charity and care-focussed publications to write articles for. Find out what number of words they're looking for (no point writing more - your work will either be trimmed by someone who doesn't know the subject or just put aside.). If you can, breeze through a couple of editions of their magazine to see how they approach things (their angle) and write for that. It means rewriting what you say for each magazine, but that's the best way.

Create a Facebook site and invite all your friends to 'like' it. Ask them to share it, so it can be liked by many people. Keep it going by popping in an inspirational picture every day plus the occasional snippet about your subject. Remember that FB (and other social media) are image driven, and you need image to keep people following.

All I can think of, for the moment.

Re: Dog with a bone

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:59 am
by Henrietta
Thanks Hamsterwheel- very helpful, I may take you up on your kind offer although I'm on a slow burner at the moment with 2 different jobs , dog , house to renovate, huge garden to maintain and big decisions to make. :woohoo:

I think I have had enough communication with my MP already to write him off as a lost cause. I contacted him over Carers allowance when I first enterd carer land and his reply was along the lines of " well I couldn't be bothered to apply for it myself because of all the hassle and after all it isn't much is it so I just lived off my savings"
That says it all doesn't it.

Re: Dog with a bone

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:27 am
by hamsterwheel
Henrietta wrote:
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:59 am
I think I have had enough communication with my MP already to write him off as a lost cause. I contacted him over Carers allowance when I first enterd carer land and his reply was along the lines of " well I couldn't be bothered to apply for it myself because of all the hassle and after all it isn't much is it so I just lived off my savings"
That says it all doesn't it.
I think this is a much bigger deal than carer's allowance and one he won't have encountered personally, I should think. so no easy brush-off. Again, if you want help on how to write it, shout. I had 2-3 years back in the noughties when part of my job was writing the replies to complaint letters from MPs, or written direct to our Chairman or other directors. I know what they're looking for and may help avoid the usual pitfalls that make MPs hand the letter to their secretary to respond to. If you let me know who your MP is, I can look up his family circumstances and voting record in the House.

Re: Dog with a bone

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:05 pm
by Henrietta
Thanks - I've sent you a PM Hamsterwheel

Re: Dog with a bone

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:10 pm
by hamsterwheel
Not showing in my inbox, sweetheart