November 2023: Engage Britain has now merged with Demos. You can still find all our work from 2019-2023 here, but to get in touch or find out about our new ventures, go to

‘This is the first time I feel that we’re going to get heard’

Matt, one of the people involved in Ideas for Change, reflects on the process so far

It’s the first time in years that I feel it’s going to go somewhere.

I’ve been around too long as a receiver of care. And also as a person with lived experience.

I’ve sat on so many panels and talking shops. It’s always fallen at the last hurdle or has fizzled out. But this is the first time I feel that we’re going to get heard.

It’s nice to see – and be in the same room with – people that just want to focus on social care. Because, as we know, a lot of stuff goes to the NHS. And social care is way down the line.

For people who work in social care, it would be good for them to get the recognition they deserve.

And for people that receive social care, it’s not just about having a shower, getting up in the morning and going to bed at night.

It’s about having a whole life and feeling enabled and supported to live that life fully.