ERIC Number: ED214082
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov-9
Reference Count: 0
A Partnership of Caring: A Blueprint for Social Action.
Mellor, Joanna; And Others
This paper addresses the need for a working partnership between the formal social service system and information network systems in light of decreasing resources and increasing needs of clients. The development of the Community Service Society Natural Supports Program (NSP), a project providing services to families caring for frail older relatives in their homes, is discussed before the two outcomes of this project are detailed. The first outcome is described as the formation of a Caregivers Network, a group of informal caregivers who contacted NSP for concrete services, became involved in peer support, and then moved to social action. A parallel development towards social action which occurred among the formal service providers and resulted in the formation of a social action coalition is also presented. The partnership of this social action coalition with the Caregivers Network is focused on through an explanation of the dependency of this partnership upon mutual goals, a recognition of each other's strengths and skills, and a need for the services of each other to attain goals. The materials emphasize that, under these conditions, a partnership can exist in which both systems rely on each other for strength and validation and retain separate identities and roles. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Aging (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Community Service Society of New York, NY.
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Scientific Gerontological Society (34th) and the Scientific & Educational Canadian Association on Gerontology (10th), (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 8-12, 1981).