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Oh no they can’t take that away from me…..

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Like most people in job interviews, I’ve been asked “what am I most proud of?” or “what is my greatest achievement?” well as you’re reading this blog I assume you’re interested so I’ll tell you; it was my involvement in a court case when I worked at what was Age Concern Richmond upon Thames. I worked there running an advice & advocacy service and one day was visited by a very angry man who had come to get advice about his mother. His mother had been sectioned into hospital under Section 3 of the 1983 Mental Health Act (amended in 2007). The hospital had decided she was now fit for discharge and social service had said she needed residential care and as she was a homeowner, she would have to pay for it. Her son didn’t want her to go into residential care or to have the house sold, the…

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