The Social Services Crisis

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The Global Financial Crisis has left us with some massive social issues.

As a Charity Trustee and social entrepreneur, I was invited to a forum for non-profits to discuss this.

Due to the banking bailouts UK now has little cash to support social services Charities have been given the challenge of filling the gap

What does this look like?

• Mental Health crisis – over 16 million people have mental health issues and the average wait on the NHS for effective treatment is 10 years. Figures show 10% of children aged 5-16 have been diagnosed with a mental health issue

• Isolation crisis – we are more connected than ever online but the reality for many older people is that they have never been more isolated.  Isolation increases the rate of stroke, heart disease and dementia

• Housing crisis – over 250k are homeless. Change can be triggered by something as simple as losing a job. There is a massive shortage of state housing. In the London the avg waiting time is 10 years

• Volunteering crisis – charities need volunteers but can’t find any State funding is at an all time low.

There is also this unhealthy fixation on Brexit led by the media for purely selfish reasons. But few are addressing the root causes, only the symptoms.

Community is the problem and only way we can move forwards.