The 7 Days of Action campaign will officially end at midnight on Monday 21st August.
The Facebook group will close for new posts and over time, will be replaced by the 7 Days of Action Archive which may be a useful resource.
The support group will also close at the same time. In order to fulfill existing commitments, Julie Newcombe has set up a new group – The ATU Family Support Group – and existing members will be transferred to the new group.
We have been advertising for people to take over the running of the current admin team but this has prompted a lot of ill feeling and frankly, it is not our place to appoint successors. We apologise for raising needless expectations.
We believe that by ending the campaign, we preserve the reputation and goodwill that 7 Days earned.
Anyone who wishes to start a fresh campaign on the same issues 7 Days was founded on has our sincerest best wishes.
For people who are interested in projects around in patient services, Bringing Us Together are working on many of the themes that 7 Days were involved in. You Know and Respond both do great work and support in this area. And Mark Brown has been working for some time on his new project, My Own Front Door, which is a collaborative project pulling together different stakeholders.
It has been a whirlwind 18 months and the current admin team have been with the campaign from the start. The creative brilliance, energy, time commitment and oodles of love that has made the campaign so successful has been so special.
We want to thank everyone who shared their stories, developed ideas, tweeted, wrote to their MPs, engaged in the discussions. The support has been overwhelming.
The fight still goes on. There are still far too many people trapped in ATUs and we will find our own new ways of fighting for their futures.
Once again, thanks for your great support.
Julie, Jules and Mark N