Do you feel there is something wrong with the systems encountered by people experiencing tough times? Take action, become a New System Ally and use your voice to create change. As a New System Ally you strive for a new response to tough times:
Where people are treated with dignity and respect
Where people are listened to
Where people are recognised as individuals
Where people have the power to choose what they need to get through their tough time
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The Voices of New System Allies
“I never want to hear someone refer to themselves as a 'service user who didn't fit the criteria' again.”
“Health, Social Care, Criminal Justice and many other systems are based on woefully outdated systems that stigmatise, marginalise, and criminalise the people they were designed to serve. Sticking plasters will not work. The system needs a radical overhaul.”
“The time has come to stop coming up with complicated and expensive ways of correcting the current system. We need to put our values, creativity and energy into creating its replacement. Anything else keeps us stuck in a cycle of failure.”
“I hope we can get to a place where all organisations see humans first, rather than where they 'fit' or 'don't fit' in their process.”
“It's not about who offers or wants help, who creates or accesses the system, let's do this together.”
“People don’t fail systems, systems fail people.”
“You are deemed a trouble-maker if you want what’s best for the person not the system.”
“It is about the person fitting in with the service rather than the service fitting around the person.”
“My ‘addiction’ was related to bullying at work but no one told me, I had to work that out for myself.”
“It’s not about what’s wrong, it’s about what happened but we don’t see it this way – it’s about how we adapt to survive.”
“I thought the mental health system was ok before I got involved in it and it’s really not ok.”
“There is a total lack of love for people who fall on hard times, which make it difficult to get out of those circumstances as no one wants to be associated.”
Being a New System Ally
Being an Ally starts with truly being the values of the New System Alliance and then using these to start creating action on systems change. The role of an Ally is not yet complete and we would welcome you to join the conversation on what Allies can do to create systems change. Until then, here are some actions you can take:
You believe that systems surrounding tough times need to change
You are open to new ideas, even the big scary ones!
You want to connect with others who have an appetite for change
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