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We've got a mention in the Sheffield Star this week! 

'Dancers brought together by steps in the right direction'.

posted 12 October  2015

Check out our latest newsletter!

Please take a look at our ibk autumn newsletter for good news stories about disabled young people and information about short breaks opportunities in the weeks and month to come.

ibk Autumn Newsletter.pdf

posted 5 October  2015

Daytrip to Flamingo Land for disabled young people!

posted 5 October 2015

Come and volunteer with us!

posted 14 May 2015

Bon Voyage Jermel & George

"Finally someone is believing in me!", were Jermel's words as he discovered that unbeknown to him, his mum and ibk had been organising an opportunity of a lifetime for him - to go on a sailing adventure for a week on a tall ship. Jermel did brilliantly at his assessment, and on Monday 18th May, him and his PA set sail for an adventure of a lifetime across the English Channel. They will be part of the tall ship crew making sure that everything is shipshape and in order as the ship sets sail. Good luck guys! We are so proud of you :)

posted 14 May 2015

FREE yoga and dance classes at ibk initiatives!

We are chuffed to report that we have been successful in securing a pot of funding from the Community Foundation to encourage young people to take up more exercise and a healthier lifestyle. As a result of this, we are able to offer FREE dance classes and yoga classes for disabled and non disabled young people aged 10+. Our qualified dance and yoga teachers come with a wealth of experience. These classes will provide fun and discipline, as well as opportunity to build friendships and self-esteem, exercise and grace.

Please check out our flyers below for more details. Please share these widely and if you know of any young person who might like to trial these classes, just let us know. Everyone is welcome!

After the trial yoga session on 4th June, we can be flexible in moving the sessions to another day apart from Thursdays to avoid a clash with the dance classes if young people would like to attend both regularly.

We look forward to hearing from you.

posted 14 May 2015

Exciting new job opportunity with ibk!

We have a very exciting job opportunity at ibk. We are looking for a Personal Assistant Recruitment & Development Worker. It is a full time position with a competitive salary based in our offices in Sheffield. Over the past 5 years ibk initiatives has developed a Personal Assistant (PA) recruitment & matching service for disabled children, young people & adults receiving payment or personal budget from Sheffield City Council. Together with Choice Support, ibk is extending and developing this work in Sheffield in order to offer opportunities to young disabled people to have purpose & meaning in their lives. The post is initially for 18 months but we anticipate it will become permanent. The development worker will play a key role in shaping the strategy of both organisations to support and drive forward new initiatives to ensure long term growth and sustainability.  If you are interested, and you would like more information please contact

posted 26 March 2015

We are now recruiting!

Are you looking for part time work? Do you like spending time with young people?

At ibk we currently have a number of vacancies for Personal Assistant positions to work with disabled young people in Sheffield.

If you would like to know more, you can look at our website in the Recruitment section or you can contact us at for an application form.

We look forward to hearing from you!

posted 11 December 2014

A jolly day out in London at the 3rd Sector Care Awards!

Pippa receiving the Citizenship Award from Esther Rantzen on 3rd December 2014. ibk initiatives was nominated as one of three finalists for this award, which recognises those who help people contribute to society as equal partners.

posted 9 December 2014

Pippa Murray 3rd Sector Care Awards 2014 Finalist!

We at ibk are very proud to announce that Pippa has been selected as one of the finalists for the Citizenship Award 2014. We are rooting for her to go all the way!

posted 28 October 2014

Latest news about ibk's PA matching service

If you are looking for a PA for your son or daughter, we at ibk initiatives would very much like to help you find the right person. Although we have temporarily paused our PA matching service, we would like to assure you that we will be restarting this work by January 2015 the latest.

We are currently taking stock of our service, and working on new and more effective ways of recruiting PAs to ensure that our service is of highest quality.

We look forward to hearing from you.

posted 23 October 2014

Family Tea

The next family tea will be on 21st June. Please come along and join in the fun. 
To book places please contact Kiera:

And a huge thank you to all those who came along to our tea for "Justice for LB".
We raised a magnificent £290. And a stunning mosaic was made!

posted 9 June 2014

Family Fundraising Tea and Mosaic Making
In May we are holding a special fundraising tea to help raise money for the "Justice for LB Campaign". There will be fantastic mosaic making too.So please come and join us and bring your friends!

Please download the flyer TEA TIME AT ST MARY'S May 142.pdf

posted 28 April 2014

Family Teas

Our family teas go from strength to strength. They are a great opportunity to meet other families, meet the ibk team, have fun and something to eat too! Pauline is on hand to answer questions about PA recruitment and Debi is there holding a payroll clinic. So please come and join us!
To book places please contact Kiera: kiera@ibkinitiatives.comApril teas flyer

posted 19th March 2014

Temporary Job Vacancy

One of our families has a vacancy for a temporary PA.
Please click here to read the advertisement
Temporary PA March.pdf

posted 17th March 2014

Payroll Newsletter December 2013

This is the first of our quarterly newsletters giving information about our payroll and budget managment services. This edition also gives important news about our Christmas opening hours.

Please click here to read the newsletter
Payroll Newsletter December 2013.pdf

Seasons greetings from all at ibk

posted 5th December 2013

Summer Activities for Children & Young People (ages 7 to 18)

We would very much like to invite all disabled children & young people and their brothers & sisters to come and join us for a summer of fun activities!

Over July and August we are running a number of different groups. There will be performing arts and music workshops; we are also running an arts group; a baking group; a gardening group; a yoga and a computer animation group.

Children and young people are welcome to come to all of them, or you can pick and choose the ones that take your fancy.

Below you can find a quick breakdown of dates but for more information or for a more detailed leaflet, please email or call us on 0114 2230236.


Family Meal & Disco

Saturday 20th July
St Mary's Community Centre, Bramall Lane, Sheffield S2 4QZ

Disabled children, young people, their families, Personal Assistants andfriends are invited to tea, games and a disco on Saturday 20th July from 5 - 9pm. Special diets will be catered for - just let us know what you need.Tea starts at 5pm, the disco starts at 7pm

Meal - under 15s - £2.00; over 15s - £4.00
Disco - £2.00

Please book early! To book a place please email Pippa at: or ring the ibk office: 0114 223 0236

A joint initiative between ibk and St Mary's Community Centre.
posted 8th July 2013

Heading for the Sky!
Following a series of workshops we finished with a fantastic exhibition.
The video below shows some highlights. Well done The Zooms!
Heading for the Sky Exhibition

posted 24th June

Recruitment news!

Many of you will know that as part of our work at ibk, we recruit and place PAs with our families who are looking for an extra pair of hands or a 'buddy' for their son or daughter. We are delighted to share that in the past year we have successfully matched 17 PAs with15 young people.

Unsung Heroes Event @ The Pakistani Muslim Centre on Tuesday 18th June

An event to appreciate & celebrate you and your children!

This event is aimed at all Black Minority Ethnic (BME) families who have children and/or adult members of their family with severe learning difficulties or profound & multiple learning disabilities.

Unsung Heroes
will take place on Tuesday 18th June from 10am to 2pm at the Pakistani Muslim Centre.
The event is hosted by Dr Pippa Murray.

For more information please take a look at the flyer below.

Unsung heros final copy.doc

Heading for the Sky! Young people's exhibition inspired by family on Saturday 15th June

We are a group of disabled & non disabled children & young people who have been on a journey of discovery together for the last nine months.

We call ourselves the Zooms.

We've had lots of fun.
We've made lots of new friends.
We've explored our gifts.

This exhibition is an expression of our hopes & dreams for our future.

Come & take a look!

Specialist gym launched at Autism Plus

Autism Plus have recently launched a specialist gym for people with learning disabilities including autism and mental health conditions, in partnership with Sheffield United Community Foundation and SIV.

This specialist gym is situated within the Wellness Centre at Concord Sports Centre. It is fully accessible with the latest equipment and with a fully qualified instructor. As part of the gym each member will have their own personalised plans that will encourage a healthier lifestyle. Members will also have the option of either one-to-one support or to attend small exercise groups.

If you would like to find out more or to join please visit

Are you entitled to a Personal Health Budget?

If you would like to find out whether you or someone you know may be entitled to a Personal Health Budget then this seminar might be your opportunity. On Wednesday 17th April there is an event being held at Brockholes Nature Reserve, near Preston from 11am to 3pm.

As you may know, from April 2014, people in receipt of NHS continuing health care will have the right to ask for a personal health budget. This introductory event offers you the chance to hear directly from the Department of Health alongside people with direct experience of personal health budgets.

The event is open to anyone! Organisational rate per person is £75; and the individual and family carer rate is £10. For more information and how to book please visit

We've had some good news this week!

Dear ibk initiatives,
Congratulations! You've been nominated for a Student Employer of the Year Award by Manjula Mahesh .
That means that they think you are an exceptional student employer and want to give you some recognition.
For more information about the awards please visit

Messages from St Mary's
We invited families coming to our curry evening in December to tell us what would help make their lives better. Read their ideas in the first of our new series of newsletters 'Messages from St Mary's.

Messages from St Mary's Jan 2013.pdf

If you would like to come along to our next curry evening on 23rd February from 5 - 7pm at St Mary's on Bramall Lane, S2 4QZ please get in touch with us.

Contact us

Posted 28 January 2013

High Tea at St Mary's Community Centre

Disabled children, young people, their families, Personal Assistants and friends are invited to tea and games on Saturday 6th October from 5 - 7pm. Special diets will be catered for - just let us know what you need. Cost for children - £2.00; for everyone over 15 - £4.00.

Please book early! To book a place please email Pippa at: or ring the ibk office: 0114 223 0236

A joint initiative between ibk and St Mary's Community Centre.

St Mary's Community Centre, Bramall Lane, Sheffield S2 4QZ


posted 17 September 2012

ibk brokerage

Did you know that ibk offers a brokerage service? We can manage your full Individual Budget or help you with your payroll. We can help you recruit and train your Personal Assistants. For further information please go to our Management of Individual Budgets page. All documents you may need, including prices, are to be found in our library Payroll documents

posted 12 July 2012

Independent Social Work Pilot Project

Did you know about the work we are doing with Lives Unlimited in York? Together we are running one of only 10 projects in England to pioneer anew way for disabled and older people to plan and organise the supportthey need to live independently.The project is funded by the Departmentof Health and managed by theSocial Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE). For further information please see our page Independent Social Work Pilot Project.

posted 18th June 2012

Inclusion Conference

Pippa Murray will be among the speakers at a conference at Talbot School Sheffield, entitled "Including the Excluded" The one day conference will be held on Saturday 23rd June 2012, 9.00am-3.30pm. This conference is an absolute must for anyone with an interest in developing their inclusive practice. Speakers include Dr Pippa Murray, Professor Dan Goodley and Farrel Anthony. There will also be workshops and information stalls. For conference bookings or further information please contact Emmeline Samoluk, or phone 0114 2507394. The cost for the day is £70 for professionals; £25 for non-professionals and £25 for students, lunch is included.

posted 7th June 2012

Please join the Campaign to Defer the Review of Facilitated Communication

We have just signed the campaign: Defer the review of Facilitated Communication until ISAAC members have been consulted.It would mean the world to us if you could also add your name to this important issue.

Every name that is added builds momentum around the campaign and makes it more likely for us to get the change we want to see.
Will you join us by taking action on this campaign?

After you've signed the petition please also take a moment to share it with others.

posted 28th May 2012

Individual Budget Management and Payroll Management

For those families who prefer to submit their time sheets monthly rather than 4weekly we have added a new time sheet into our payroll documents

For all other payroll documents please go to the Payroll documents page in our library

posted 25th May 2012

Individual Budget Management and Payroll Management

Did you know that ibk offers financial management services? We can either manage your full Individual Budget or only your Payroll. For further information please go to our Management of Individual Budgets page. All documents you may need, including prices, are to be found in our library Payroll documents

posted 17th May 2012

Lack of State Support

Melanie Philipson, an inspirational parent of two young adults, talks about the lengths she has to go in order to secure a fulfilling life for her disabled son. This short audio clip demonstrates the gap between the needs of families and the way support is organised by the state.

To listen to the audio clip please click her: Melanie's audio clip

posted 11th May 2012

Keeping yourself strong

Pippa Murray has produced two new flyers for her work on Keeping Yourself Strong. For further information please go to the "Keeping yourself Strong" page.

To download the flyers please click below
Keeping Yourself Strong Workshops for Parents.pdf

Keeping Yourself Strong Flyer for Professionals.pdf

  Keeping Yourseflf Strong       Keeping Yourseflf Strong

posted 1st May 2012

MPs report on the oversight of special education for young people aged 16-25

A new report from the Common Public Accounts Committee acknowledges the shocking state of affairs in relation to young disabled people and Further Education.

To read the report please download it here
Parliamentary report on Oversight in Special Education 2012.pdf

The Centre for Welfare Reform's FE and Citizenship programme addresses the issues outlined in this recent report.  For more information about this programme please contact:
or go to our  Personalised Transition / Further Education page

To read more about our work in FE, please see:


Flexible funding routes FE.pdf

posted 2nd March 2012, updated 8th March

Joint ibk and Kids project

Gabriella is back at ibk after her maternity leave! She is working on a joint ibk/Kids project to provide short break services for disabled children and young people in Derbyshire.

We are looking to recruit support workers and find families in Derbyshire who need some  flexible1to1 support.

There is more information on our Personal Assistants' page

For further information please contact:

posted 19th January 2012

Volunteering day at Losehill Hall, Derbyshire on 4th February 2012

Losehill Hall is going to be a Youth Hostel and they need our help! ibk, Kids and the YHA are working together to make the grounds and building accessible to all children and young people. For more information please contact
Please download the flyer
Losehill Hall flyer -4th Feb.pdf

osted 12th January 2012

Christmas Holidays

The ibk offices will be closed from 2.30pm on 19th December 2011 until 9am on 3rd January 2012.
We wish you all a peaceful and happy holiday from all at ibk.

posted 19th December 2011

New paper on "Citizenship in Further Education"

This discussion paper by Pippa Murray and Jane Shepherd outlines the need for, and the possibility of,significant progress in personalising support in further education for young disabled people. It is an important paper that provides local leaders with clear stepping-stones for progress. Without these changes the citizenship of young people will be undermined, and communities will continue to fail to welcome the gifts of their young people.
the publisher is The Centre for Welfare Reform

to download the paper please click here:citizenship-in-further-education.pdf

posted 15th December 2011

ibk initiatives and Lives Unlimited (York) win grant to run pioneer project

A York-based community group of disabled people and families, Lives Unlimited, is joining with ibk initiatives in Sheffield to run one of only 10 projects in England to pioneer a new way for disabled and older people to plan and organise the support they need to live independently. The project is funded by the Department of Health and managed by the Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE).
A grant of £20k will be used by Lives Unlimited and ibk to show how independent social workers employed by a community organisation can help disabled and older people to be in control of planning and organising their own personalised support, without any unnecessary bureaucracy.
Several members of Lives Unlimited already use a personal budget instead of traditional services to buy in their own support. Fiona Walker, Co Chair of Lives Unlimited says: “Living independently is my biggest personal achievement. When I was young I was told I’d never be independent – that I would always have to rely on other people. It has been a challenge but I am proud to employ my own personal assistants now. Independent living has given me more confidence.”
The project will work with up to 12 disabled or older people, people with mental health problems and families. It will develop ways of working that give people the information and support they need to feel confident to make major life choices like housing, employment and support networks and to be in control of their own lives and less dependent on the state.

posted 15th December 2011

We have moved offices!

On 23rd November we packed ibk into boxes and moved offices! We are now located in the welcoming base that is St Mary's Community Centre, Bramall Lane, Sheffield, S2 4QZ. Our new telephone number is 0114 223 0236. Mail and phone calls to the old address will however be forwarded for the next 3 months to be sure we leave no-one behind.

posted 28th November 2011

A new briefing paper to break down barriers around Further Education

Young people with learning difficulties face multiple barriers when it comes to Further Education. As part of their work on Personalised Transition,The Centre for Welfare Reform and ibk initiatives have launched a new programme to break down barriers around FE. If you are interested in joining us please contact Pippa:
To download the briefing paper please click below
Briefing Paper - Citizenship _and_ Further Education.pdf

posted 21st November 2011

ibk & Lives Unlimited chosen as a SCIE social work pioneer project site

ibk initiatives and Lives Unlimited (York) have been given a grant as one of ten social work practice pioneer projects in the country to pioneer a new way for disabled and older people to plan and organise support without any unnecessary bureaucracy. The project, which starts in January 2012, is funded by the Department of Health and managed by the Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE). For more information go to: http://http//

posted 17th November 2011

Volunteering day at Losehill Hall, Derbyshire on 26th November 2011

Losehill Hall is going to be a Youth Hostel and they need our help! ibk, Kids and the YHA are working together to make the grounds and building accessible to all children and young people. For more information please contact
Please download the flyer
Volunteer at Losehill Hall.pdf 

osted 8th November 2011

Invitation to the launch of "Learn to Live" in Devon and in Westminster

Learn to Live: self-direction for children and young people is about a new way of teaching and learning that leads to a personalised single plan for children and young people with additional needs. The plan is family led and is designed to ensure that all services respond to the family’s needs and aspirations.  

Simon Duffy (Keys to Citizenship and Centre for Welfare Reform), Pippa Murray (ibk) and Ellen Tinkham School, have been developing person centred practice leading to self-direction for young people, with increasing success and influence for nearly a decade.

"Learn to Live" was launched in Tiverton, Devon on 3rd November 2011

There will also be a London launch in Westminster on 22nd November 2011

For full details please download the appropriate invitation and contact Christine Walker at Ellen Tinkham School to reserve your place.

Learn to Live Devon launch 3rd Nov 2011.pdf
Learn to Live Westminster launch 22nd Nov 2011.pdf

posted 1st November 2011

1Voice Winter Extravaganza

Our friends at 1Voice have organised a weekend of creative workshops for young people who use AAC. There will also be parent workshops, music, dinner and a disco! The weekend will be held on Friday 9th December-Sunday 11th December. For further information please download their flyer or contact them directly - their email is
1voice winter extravaganza.pdf

posted 11th October 2011

Centre for Welfare Reform -  A New Script for Social Work

Personalisation is being undermined because social workers are not being given the chance to change their practice and escape the unnecessarily bureaucratic structures that have been created around them. Real progress will only be possible if social workers are given the chance to do their jobs properly. The values of personalisation and social work are essentially identical - but social work needs a new script that takes it away from a care management system that is no longer fit for purpose.
To see the film please go to
osted 27th September 2011

Volunteering Fair

ibk hosted a stall at the University of Sheffield volunteering fair on Wednesday 5th October 11-3pm at the Octagon Centre. This was for students wanting either volunteering or part-time work. 
For more information please see the flyer
Sheffield University job fair.pdf

posted 20th September 2011
, amended 6th October 2011

Candi York film release

ibk is pleased to let you know the Candi campaign film (for parent participation) is now live. CANDI is Children AND Inclusion. They are based in York and are the local forum for parents of disabled children and young people, or those who have additional needs.Please click on the link to see their film

posted 20th September 2011

Relaunch of ibk website

ibk relaunched their website in August 2011! The ibk website has been given a radical overhaul. Visitors can now find out what we are up to, learn about our innovations and get involved with different aspects of our work. We would love to hear what you think of our new website. Please contact us

posted August 2011


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