Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean

Individually, we are one drop. Together we are an oceanRyunosuke Satoro

Thank you everyone.

The e-petition closed on 1st November, with 62,581 signatures (some people may yet confirm their emails so that might still increase slightly).

Pat’s Petition has closed but the campaigning continues. We will build on the knowledge we have gained, the contacts we have made and the lessons learned. The words of the petition are as fresh and meaningful as they were 12 months ago and our commitment to them hasn’t changed.

I want to emphasise how well you/we all did. Through networking with others we helped raise awareness of the changes ahead.

This weekend was always going to be a quiet one for us. A chance to catch up with ourselves. If only!   The sheer volume of supportive emails is still keeping us extremely busy. Many have questions that need answering. Some have suggestions that need to be considered.

We have been asked repeatedly what next for Pats Petition?

We do have plans but we need time to clear the decks first.

We will always post our news on -

campaign blog here,

as well as our facebook

and twitter .

You can also send emails to patspetition@gmail.com

Feel free to add comments below.

Thank you to each and every one of you for your support over the last year.

WATCH THIS SPACE

 Pat x

 

* If you are still waiting for a reply from us please be patient

** This was always a People’s Petition and we were amazed at the support in the final 48 hours just before the petition closed. With a final push in e-newsletters from Benefits and Work and Hardest Hit, and a well co-ordinated event on Twitter organised by  @Epipsychidion86, an extra 5000 people signed in support.

Following on from this the wider disability community is coming together to join forces. On Tuesday 6th November at 8pm there is to be a discussion about petitions in general, and exchange ideas. Follow  @JeffCeSoir1 and @Epipsychidion86. Till further plans are decided on, they are using the hash tag #patspetition, as a meeting place.

We hope as many people will be able to participate as possible.

 

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16 Responses to “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean”

  1. Cheryl says:

    Pats petition did really well faaaaaantastic!

  2. Lynn says:

    Thank you Pat for all your hard work, you did fantastic and should be very proud of yourself. Will be at the meeting on Tuesday #SignSaveLives Lynn. xxx

  3. Paul says:

    Good effort from all that contributed.

    Don’t forget that the words of a Judge may be more powerful than 6.2 million signatures on a petition.

    There are no friends out there beyond the immediate Carers circle …. our internet history clearly demonstrates that …. don’t loose sight of the Law however remote that seems given our resources.

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  5. Lovejoy says:

    It’s a shame it didn’t get the required threshold, but contacts have been forged, alliances have been built and we can learn from all the mistakes. If our opponents think we’re giving up, they’ve got another think coming!

  6. Rob says:

    Superb result: shows the potential of social networks. But also our limitations: I was amazed how the West Coast Rail petition streaked ahead so quickly. Maybe we need a few more big-hitting celebrities on board next time, the ones with huge twitter networks. And I know some folk distrust celebs, as indeed do I, but caring has touched the lives of some very well connected people, and this is all about networking.

  7. Great work Pat & all others involved :D
    I would be more than happy to take the next petition to the streets
    “Im sure there are a lot of people who feel the same”
    WE have to get out to reach all those people who dont have the means to sign on the internet,
    Im here to help any way & any time I can

    Thankyou for highlighting this xxx <3

  8. my son has a food ocd we got into bad debt without dla I dont know how we would of survived this goverment is a joke

  9. John says:

    Mrs Blairs father was always fighting for pensioners,I think it would be a great help if a celebrity or otherwise famous person were to help fight our cause.

  10. lorna Crofter says:

    I do a lot of work with people living with severe and enduring mental health problems…thankfully most are supported to go through the stress of new forms and medicals (many are not) most genuine people are getting their DLA reinstated on appeal…our group (2Steps Forward) was reformed because of the changes in the system and the additional stress it has been causing. You will be able to find ’2Steps Forward’ on Facebook from tomorrow afternoon. We will be sharing a 2 month long study on the effects of this and other reforms and changes, not to mention closure of drop-in centres and other support. A small group can make a BIG difference…join together with others who share the same disability/difficulties and keep in touch with other groups who ultimately share the same aims and objectives. It works.

  11. Pete says:

    Just think, before the internet this kind of group action/support was unheard of. I have (and i’m sure I am not alone) never seen so many people come together for a single cause, a cause so close to home & so close to our hearts for so many of us.
    Pat’s petition, one of so many, in this current age, supporting us all in these dark times.

  12. Well done . Please dear Government, you must read these comments and listen to the poor hard working care givers. Many people, cant go out to work as they are like myself doing a wonderful caring job of looking after a loved one. If these benifits are taken away. Many people will be in real poverty. Please MPs read this for the sake of all us carers. Your sitting pretty, while many people cant & dread the next Fuel Bill landing on their mat.regards amanda

  13. HAD TO COPY AND PASTE GAIL PHILLIPS RESPONSE I TOO WOULD BE GLAD TO TAKE IT TO THE STREETS
    Great work Pat & all others involved :D
    I would be more than happy to take the next petition to the streets
    “I am sure there are a lot of people who feel the same”
    WE have to get out to reach all those people who don’t have the means to sign on the internet,
    I am here to help in any shape or form that I can manage and any time I can
    P.s I was a founder member of 2 mental health charities for devon and now they are saying that mental health issues are not going to be classed has a disability. Physical disabilities bring on mental issues and I would like to meet those who would dare to defy me, I have 32 years experience on this issue alone, 24 years on physical health problems and still I am willing to fight, a quick idea just came to mind, let parliament be ran by disabled people with disabled people has our secretaries. Then the able-bodied who work there get into a decent job that a disabled person cannot do.
    I say this because the government seem to think that people like ourselves sit on our asses all day just moaning and groaning about what they do, so why don’t we take over and stand for election, wages must be good, cause for the amount of years that some folks have been in parliament looks more nearer to deaths door than we do and yet they still get a good wage even for sleeping on the job, which we would get the sack for.

  14. hazel patience says:

    I would be more than happy to take the next petition to the streets
    “I am sure there are a lot of people who feel the same”
    WE have to get out to reach all those people who don’t have the means to sign on the internet,
    I am here to help in any shape or form that I can manage and any time I can
    P.s I was a founder member of 2 mental health charities for Devon and now they are saying that mental health issues are not going to be classed has a disability. Physical disabilities bring on mental issues and I would like to meet those who would dare to defy me, I have 32 years experience on this issue alone, 24 years on physical health problems and still I am willing to fight, a quick idea just came to mind, let parliament be ran by disabled people with disabled people has our secretaries. Then the able-bodied who work there get into a decent job that a disabled person cannot do.
    I say this because the government seem to think that people like ourselves sit on our asses all day just moaning and groaning about what they do, so why don’t we take over and stand for election, wages must be good, cause for the amount of years that some folks have been in parliament looks more nearer to deaths door than we do and yet they still get a good wage even for sleeping on the job, which we would get the sack for.

  15. 11-24-12… God Bless you ALL, and may you succeed in your endeavors ! They have now Posted & Ask everyone to “Stop” writing!! I previously wrote “My” story. I only wanted to send a message of “Gratitude” & “Thankfulness”! I shall NOT write again adding to your work. Just know there ARE plenty of “Us”, with Disabilities that ARE..VERY..APPRECIATIVE & THANKFUL.!! Always in Gods’ Loving-Care.!! Bubbles Wilhite

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