We've become a member of Social Enterprise UK!

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:


Conference event with TLAP - September 2018

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. 


TLAP survey

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.

Do have a look, share the survey around and share your thoughts with us and Martin - and

Useful Downloads: 


Conference report 2017

The report of our conference in July is now available! In the member's area you'll find an article with presentations and now also the report.

It was a good day, made possible by the hard work of our committee and the invaluable support of our sponsors, David Howard payroll and Mark Bates Ltd. We think the report really brings the discussion to life again and offers valuable information and insight. Have a read yourself and let us know what you think!

You'll need your member's log-in and password - if you're struggling with this let us know and we'll help out.



Our survey of Direct Payments Support Services

We're doing a survey about direct payment support services (DPSS). It’s based on the work we’ve done over the last year about what support services do. Members told us that often DPSSs were doing tasks that they weren't paid for in order to make the system work for the individual. Or that support services were being prevented from doing vital tasks by the nature of their contract.

Anyone who knows about a direct payment support service can complete it. You do not have to work in one - you just need to know about it. 

Please complete it if you can and pass on to colleagues in neighbouring areas. The more responses we get the more useful it will be. It should take about 10 minutes.

A survey summary will be presented at a future Forum meeting.

Thanks very much!


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