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Personalised Support

Having the right support is the most important factor in enabling disabled children and families to live ordinary lives.

We do not necessarily need new services or buildings. In all the consultations we have carried out over the past 10 years or so, families say that what would help them most is appropriate support at times they need it. This single factor has the potential to radically transform family life.

We are developing a model of family support to help families make the most of the personalisation agenda. We hear so many families say they would love an individual budget but they are worried about a) becoming an employer and managing payroll etc and b) that their son or daughter would be isolated if they were going out with their Personal Assistant. In order to address these issues we are developing support for families that includes:

  • information, empowerment and planning workshops for parents
  • opportunities for children and young people to take part in mainstream leisure activities and possibilities of creative arts
  • matching a PA or volunteer with family or young person
  • payroll and budget management
  • training and supervision for PAs and volunteers
  • networking events for families and PAs

We help families design a support package that suits their needs. We offer families support they pay for through a Direct Payment, an Individual Budget or their own finances, and support from volunteers. We adapt the services we offer to meet the needs of individual families.

We are working with partners to develop opportunities for inclusive leisure and adventure activities. You can find out more about the personalised support ibk is developing in Sheffield in our section on Support.

For more information

For more information about this work, please contact Pippa Murray

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"As a parent, I feel I am letting my daughter down. But it is not me, I am on the ball. It’s the lack of support. I am not asking for the moon. I just want to keep my children safe and happy."