Walking the Walk

walking the walkWhat does Walking the Walk mean?  It basically translates to “Back up one’s talk with action”.  It’s an alternative to “Talk is cheap” or “Actions speak louder than words”, or in the words of Shakespeare:

Fear not, my lord, we will not stand to prate;
Talkers are no good doers: be assured
We come to use our hands and not our tongues.

Richard III

So as far back as 1594 (when Shakespeare penned Richard III), there have been people “talking a good talk” but not making a difference.

Yesterday, Debs wrote about this for the Justice for LB campaign and produced the following video:

Here at Bringing Us Together, we definitely want to be Walking the Walk, not talking the Talk.  So what are we doing:

Bringing Us Together – projects:

drivers seatWe have a number of projects on the go, which everyone is welcome to engage with.

  • Person Centred Please (raising awareness of what good person centred thinking and practice is, what it looks like and how to use it)
  • True Consultation (raising awareness of poor consultation, consultation opportunities and discovering and sharing the benefits of true consultation)
  • Junk the Jargon (raising awareness of the jargon used daily and suggesting a fun way to overcome this)
  • Family Rights, Citizenship & Mental Capacity (raising awareness of the Mental Capacity Act, how it can be used – positively, raising awareness of family rights, rights to communicate and be supported in making informed choices and again, looking at what good looks like)

Ask a Question and Webchats:

We want families to have the right information and be able to ask questions.  We therefore host Webchats on a regular basis so families can ask questions on a specific subject, we also have an “Ask a Question” forum where families can ask any question and other members will try to answer.  If they don’t get answered, we share via social media and other contacts to help ensure all questions are answered.

Our next web chat is scheduled for 3 July at 3pm.  Annabel McGregor is part of the Calderdale Pathfinder and has years of experience in 16+ and SEN funding.  You can post your questions about SEN funding and 16+ provision before the chat if you are not able to join us on the day.

Blog posts

We run regular blog posts called “My Story“, a chance for families to share their stories and experiences so that other families can learn from them.  If you would like to write for us, then just get in touch.

What else?

We have a new project about to launch but we’re just finalising some funding.

What do you want from the site?  What would help you?





Debs Aspland

Mum to three great kids, each with a different SEN. Transplanted from the NW to the SE. Co-founder and Director of Bringing Us Together

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