Here are some useful links for those interested in Support Brokerage, Self Directed Support, Strengths Based Approaches and Citizenship.
The Citizen Network was formed in 2016 to help make the process of global transformation real. ‘We are all citizens, we are all equal and we all have a contribution to make. But this contribution can only be made through community – by working with others.’
Centre for Welfare Reform
The Centre is a citizen think tank. They are not funded by big business or government and they exist because of donations and voluntary effort and share information and ideas for free.
Self Directed Futures
Realife Trust Realife was set up to challenge the idea that segregated support services offer the best option to allow people to benefit from their full rights of citizenship –
a real home
a decent education
a wide circle of friends
a job and training opportunities
Realife believes that these rights apply to everyone
Think Local Act Personal Think Local, Act Personal is a national, cross sector leadership partnership focused on driving forward work with personalisation, community-based social care. Our unique strength is bringing together people who use services and family carers with central and local government, major providers from the private, third and voluntary sector and other key groups.
In Control In Control is a national charity. Our mission is to create a fairer society where everyone needing additional support has the right, responsibility and freedom to control that support.
Advice and information – Brokerage:
1. National Development Team is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that works to improve policies, services, and opportunities for people who are disadvantaged. When the NDT began, in 1976, we were only concerned with people who have learning disabilities, but our work now includes other groups of people – especially people with mental health needs.
Advice and Guidance / Policy:
1. The Citizens Advice Bureau service helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free information and advice from over 3,000 locations, and by influencing policymakers.
2. National Centre for Independent Living. This website is designed to be a resource on independent living and Direct Payments for disabled people and others working in the field.
3. The Disability Rights Commission (DRC) is an independent body established to stop discrimination and promote equality of opportunity for disabled people.
4. Department Of Health, legislation and guidance from the UK Government and the National Health Service.
5. Study in UK, Supporting people in to get in to higher education in the UK.
Campaigning – Nationally:
1. Disability Now is the campaigning newspaper for disabled people. www.disabilitynow.org.uk
2. RADAR is a national network of disability organisations and disabled people. We represent our members by fast-tracking your opinions and concerns to policy-makers and legislators in Westminster and Whitehall, and launching our own campaigns to promote equality for all disabled people. www.radar.org.uk
1. The Housing Corporation is the government agency that funds new affordable homes and regulates housing associations in England.
1. Mind is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. We work to create a better life for everyone with experience of mental distress. www.mind.org.uk
2. Joseph Rowntree Foundation is one of the largest social policy research and development charities in the UK, spending about £10 million a year on a research and development program that seeks to better understand the causes of social difficulties and explore ways of overcoming them.
1. The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities promote the rights, quality of life and opportunities of people with learning disabilities and their families.
2. People First (Self Advocacy) is a user led organisation campaigning for the rights of people with learning difficulties.