What we do and how we do it

Increasingly we've had people from areas outside London ask us 'why isn't there anything like this where I am?' 

So as an independent network of people who deal with frontline issues in self-directed support in both social and health care we're offering to share our experience of running the Forum with people in other areas of the country.

We can:

  • Lead a session describing the Forum and its strengths and explore how you could do similarly your area
  • Lead a technical session for organisations that support people who employ personal assistants (PAs) on some of the practical issues PA employers face.
  • Facilitate a half-day event, adding external speakers to the sessions above, exploring areas of practical expertise, tailoring it to your area and the particular issues you face.

We’ve been running for over 20 years, largely through volunteers whose own everyday work is in self directed support. We have built up considerable expertise and experience in running events, keeping up to date with developing issues and maintaining a lively programme of topics and speakers. As an independent network, we’re proud of our ability to question and highlight issues that our practical expertise tells us aren’t necessarily going to plan and then try to find solutions.

We will not override local expertise. On the contrary, having seen the benefit of meeting regularly to discuss, network and learn we’d like to support existing services to work better together.

If this is something you would be interested in, please contact Peter Gay at the London SDS Forum by emailing contact@londonsdsforum.org.uk