Assessment and Treatment Units – 7 days of action

How you can get involved in 7 days of action against Assessment and Treatment Units

There are currently 3000 people with learning disabilities in the UK who are ‘living’ in Assessment and Treatment Units away from their families. After the Winterbourne View scandal in 2011 the government pledged to close them all by 2014. So why are there still 3000 people living in these institutions away from their families?

Assessment and Treatment Units

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Can you imagine living a day in a place they call a ‘unit’? Below you can link to the story of Eden Evans who’s lived in one of these ‘units’ for 7 years.


 

* Scroll down to search the Google map of ATU locations and offers of free accommodation for visiting families.

Drop us a line if you can help, or know of an ATU not on the map.*


 

7 days of action

Get involved first by reading this blog The ATUs Scandal. It suggests 12 ways that you can get involved, and the 7 days starts on 18th April 2016.

Also please join the Facebook group too.

  • Share the stories.

(On social media, verbally, send the links to people you know).

Here’s a moving interview with Debbie Evans talking about her son Eden.

  • Sign the petitions.
  • Contact your local press and media.
  • Lobby your MPs.
  • Write to your local commissioners.
  • Discuss how to stop family members being sent to ATUs.
  • Learn your Mental Health Act & Mental Capacity Act to stop this happening to your family members.
  • Support the families’ legal action
  • Can you offer lifts to families who have hundreds of miles to travel to visit their loved ones?
  • Can you offer overnight accommodation if you live near to any of the ATUs?

The locations of these units are kept private but we do know of the trusts and organisations who operate them as this is publicly available information.

We’ve therefore created this Google Map to show the rough locations. If you know of the town please feel free to update the map (I don’t want us to divulge peoples’ actual addresses though as these are still someone’s home and they have a right to privacy).

Use this link to update the map

Red pin copy     Red pins = locations of trusts and organisations

Assessment and Treatment UnitsBlue pins = offers of help with accommodation

 

  • Lend your experience and ideas to the families.
  • Never forget. We are talking human lives.

So please get involved now in whatever way you can to help end this misery, and highlight this national scandal and give a voice to the voiceless.

Read more about the work we’re doing to campaign for change in regular care settings too. It’s not hard to turn a supported living one bedroom flat in to an institution too. Just impose a load of inflexible rules and systems. That has to change too.

Update

Elaine James has put together this great Storify to bring together all the online action from the 7 Days of Action campaign.

 

Recent Comments

  • PaulR

    Sunday, 01 May, 2016

    Elaine James has put together this great StorifyStorify of the 7 Days of Action to bring together all the online action from the 7 Days of Action campaign.

    Reply
  • Rosemary Trustam

    Sunday, 17 Apr, 2016

    I live just outside Chorley Lancashire which isn’t too far from Calderstones (about 20 mls drive) if this is any use to anyone

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    • MrBassMan43

      Sunday, 17 Apr, 2016

      thanks Rosemary and have added you to the map – wonderful to see all the blue dots appearing

      Reply
  • Julie McCarthy

    Sunday, 17 Apr, 2016

    I can offer overnight accommodation. I live just outside Kendal so within easy reach of Cumbria NHS, North Lakes and Blackpool.

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    • MrBassMan43

      Sunday, 17 Apr, 2016

      thanks Julie – have added you to the map

      Reply
  • Lisa Jane Davies

    Sunday, 17 Apr, 2016

    I’d like to offer overnight accomodation in Wigan. For anyone coming up this way. Pretty much inbetween Manchester and Liverpool.

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    • MrBassMan43

      Sunday, 17 Apr, 2016

      awesome – have added you to the map – thank you

      Reply
  • Chrissie Trow

    Sunday, 17 Apr, 2016

    We live in Tiverton, Devon – might be useful as a stop over. Happy to help in anyway
    Chrissie

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    • MrBassMan43

      Sunday, 17 Apr, 2016

      fantastic, thanks for this and have added you to the map, Paul

      Reply
  • Ray Smith

    Saturday, 16 Apr, 2016

    We live in Watford with our own autistic son, Daniel. Would be delighted to offer support, whether it’s a cup of coffee or somewhere to sleep, to anyone who needs it.

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    • MrBassMan43

      Saturday, 16 Apr, 2016

      Thanks for this Ray and I’ve added you to the map as a blue dot.
      Best wishes
      Paul

      Reply
  • Mandy Rackley

    Saturday, 16 Apr, 2016

    We live in Margate, Kent, which appears to be a little distant from the ATUs on the map, but if anyone is travelling from in or around this area we would be happy to help with lifts. We also have a camper van which sleeps five (cramped with 5 though) but if that could help anyone in any way it is there.

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    • MrBassMan43

      Saturday, 16 Apr, 2016

      Thanks for this Mandy and I’ve added you to the map as a blue dot. It may be there’s other ones near you too – we’re not sure where the local authority ones are yet
      Best wishes
      Paul

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      • Matt Clifton

        Monday, 18 Apr, 2016

        Paul, we are working on this in the South-East and will come back to you. Nice one for this great initative 🙂

      • MrBassMan43

        Monday, 18 Apr, 2016

        awesome

      • Matt Clifton

        Monday, 18 Apr, 2016

        I couldn’t update the map – is there any way to add pins? There are other ATUs in Kent

      • MrBassMan43

        Monday, 18 Apr, 2016

        Hi Matt – just drop me a line on paul@stayuplate.org and I’ll add the ATU locations, cheers Paul

    • Matt Clifton

      Thursday, 21 Apr, 2016

      Mandy, I hope this forthcoming event is of interest to you and others you may know directly affected:
      https://www.oxfsn.org.uk/event/transforming-care/

      Reply
  • Katie Gibson Peacock

    Saturday, 16 Apr, 2016

    I am in North Yorkshire about half an hour from Bradford if anyone is visiting there. I’m happy to provide a pitstop for anyone travelling up or down the country.

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    • MrBassMan43

      Saturday, 16 Apr, 2016

      Hi Katie
      Thanks for this and I’ve added you to the map as a blue dot.
      Best wishes
      Paul

      Reply

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