Our conference report is now available to download. It's in our 'reports' section. We hope you enjoy it!
Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) have recently launced a refreshed Making it Real programme - A new framework for personalised care and support – it’s what good looks like. Check it out: https://www.thinklocalactpersonal.org.uk/makingitreal/
The London SDS Forum recently became members of Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) - the biggest network of social enterprises in the UK.
Our membership is welcome recognition of our status as a certified social enterprise with a clear social mission.
Membership of SEUK confers a range of benefits including access to networking and training opportunities and permission to use the SEUK membership badge to communicate our status as a certified social enterprise.
To find out more about SEUK please visit: www.socialenterprise.org.uk
We're very pleased to be jointly organising an event in London with Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) on Thursday 20th September. The format is of a larger conference event - we expect up to 90 people to attend.
We have a great line-up of speakers: Tom Shakespeare (Professor of Disability Research, University of East Anglia), Frances Hasler (Former co-director of National Centre of Independent Living), Rich Watts (Personalised Care Team at NHS England), Andrew Richardson (Independent Social Worker), John Waters (In Control), Colin Whitehouse (National Pre-Paid Card Network), Les Billingham (Director Adult Services, Thurrock), Chris Watson (Fellow, Centre for Welfare Reform), Rachel Mason (TLAP National Co-production Advisory Group member) and Jenny Hurst (PA Employer and Independent Living Coordinator).
And there'll be a room full of people with a whole range of experiences and skills from people using social and health care to Commissioners, Support Services to Brokers and Trainers, Peer Support groups to Senior Managers in social and health care roles.
If you can't make it then you'll miss a good day! You can still benefit from the information and discussion however, if you join us as a member - the presentations and our report will then be available to you on the member's page. And you can then come to our quarterly meetings, packed with expert presentations, great networking and essential information.
In Autumn 2017 the Forum put together a survey asking some basic questions about what direct payments support services were doing in their work. This was in response to ongoing questions and discussion from our members about how support offered differed widely in different areas and also often depended on services doing additional work, above and beyond what they were paid for.
Having used it with our members with were please that TLAP asked to use the same survey and we worked together with them to send it across England.
The results of this are now available - see Martin Walker's summary attached.
It is a quick snapshot across many areas of direct payment service work - in some areas we know the issues need much more teasing out to give a more accurate picture.
We always saw it as the start of a conversation and leading on to much more in-depth look at the role of these services, the work that they do, their skills and experience and their value.