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Petition to Sue Powell Simon Stevens NHS CEO (Islingon Manager LD), Nhs islington NHS England Simon Stevens, Simon Galczynski .... Simon Stevens NHS England., David Cameron MP, Ed Miliband

Bring my son Stephen home & care for him in our community #bringstephenhome

My son Stephen is 19 years old. I love him to bits but right now I am desperately worried for him. He has autism and finds it hard to communicate. For over a year now he has been living in a unit at St Andrew’s Hospital, Northampton, which is 80 miles from our home in London. He has learning difficulties but he is being kept under the mental health act at a psychiatric unit, with patients much older and with a range of different conditions. He has the sweetest smile but since he has been there I haven’t seen it once. It's not the right place for him - even his consultant agrees he should not be on the mental health register and should be moved somewhere more suitable. We have to travel miles each weekend to see him and sometimes we only see him for a few minutes, sometimes we travel all the way to see him, only to be told that we are not allowed a visit. And other times he has been put on so many drugs he just falls asleep. It's is heartbreaking to have to leave Stephen there. He is covered in bruises and has gashes all over his head from where he has hit himself from being anxious. Right now the local authority is reviewing where to place Stephen. They want to move him to another hospital in Colchester but that won't solve anything. We want Stephen to have a better quality of life; to be able to spend time outdoors, to be around his family more often. Ideally we want Stephen to live with us as a family with the support of carers. He should also be taken off the the mental health register, so he has more freedom for how he lives his life. Other families who have loved ones with autism have successfully fought to have them live in homes with specialist carers near loved ones. And the Government made promises that people with autism and other learning difficulties should be cared for in their communities with the help of their families but this promise is being broken for Stephen. Stephen is being let down by the institutions that are meant to be caring for him - locked up in a hospital and lost to a system that wants to tick boxes instead of care for my son. Stephen deserves to be allowed to live a life in safe place with carers who understand his needs and surrounded by people that love him. Please sign my petition and help my family but most of all help my son.

Stephen S A M
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Petition to McGills Bus Company, Humza Yousaf, First Group Plc, Rt Hon Chris Grayling, SPT , Arrival UK buses, Bus users uk /transport focus, Stagecoach , Megabus , Bus Users Scotland

Concessionary Transport For All Carers -They Deserve The Help!!!

Transport costs are a massive issue that affects so many carers of all ages, from as young as they start school till older adulthood. Many carers face huge financial difficulty and as a result are unable to have much of a social life of there own as they can not afford to get around by public transport. The simple task of getting to shops, collecting medication from the chemist or doing many other things that come as part of the daily routine that  carers face on a day to day basis. Alongside a caring role its important for carers to be able to attend support groups and meet with friends in order to have a healthy social life which many can not do due to lack of money for buses or even trains depending on where you stay. As a result of being able to get out and about it allows the carer to be less stressed and lowers the chances of developing a mental health issue due to the many pressures of the caring role. The cost of travel may not seem alot of money to many however £4.00 per adult a day adds up to £28.00 a week(varies dependent on where you are for bus fares) which is a huge amount of the income a carer receives.Having concessionary travel or even a discount on travel for carers would be huge benefit to so many as many people say companion card is enough . However people do not realise the cared for has to be present to allow card to be used, a carer is 9 out of 10 times on there own while traveling so as you see companion card is useless at this point. 45% of young adult carers (18-25) have reported that they have mental health problems due to their caring role and the struggles they face because of it. 68.8% of older carers say that being a carer has an adverse affect on their mental health. This could be lessened by such a small change like concessionary or discounted travel. For young people aged 16-19 or in full time education who have a young Scot card you are entitled to a discounted rate of travel however, this discount is only valid on single journeys. In most cases this is no use to a carer as they are making return journeys especially if they are in further education and have a long distance to travel everyday or do not live with the person theyou provide care for. Some carers have to travel many miles just to visit the person they care for if they are in specialised hospitals or care homes. Being a carer is not all bad it has many positive aspects such as learning crucial skills such as observation skills, listening skills, budgeting skills, organisation skills, being trustworthy and so many more. These skills would be of so much use to the employment field but unfortunately not many employers see this. Carers do this on a daily basis because they care even when the cared for could end up in a hospital, care home or in a looked after residential setting. When this happens the carer will do whatever they can to get to the cared for even if it results in at times not eating or walking miles due to not having money for transport. This is why I feel so strongly about getting support for carers when it comes to transport. I hope that carers and decision makers will get behind this campaign and help to change so many people’s lives for the better. Is free concessionary transport for carers really too much to ask for when carers dedicate their lives to provide care to others? Please note this campaign is UK wide. If you feel I have missed a major decision maker please contact me, I have been in contact with many UK decision makers already. I can not realistically list every contact on this petition as some companies don't publicly list their email addresses. If you would like more information please contact me.

amanda macdonald
1,972 supporters