It's been my honour to lead the Think Local Act Personal (TLAP)
team and programme from set up through its first year and a half.
We set up TLAP to continue to shine the light for personalisation
in tough times, following the ending of the Putting People First
Programme which first introduced personalisation into English
social policy. One of the great things about the new partnership
was that probably for the first time we managed to put together a
true sector partnership with all the main players and with the
national co-production advisory group core to its decisions and
After the first flush of implementation we are now in the
difficult stages of making a reality of what is probably the
biggest cultural challenge the sector has ever taken on. We are
doing this at a time of big reductions in public expenditure and
when people using support, families and the workforce are all under
great pressure. In this situation TLAP is trying to keep learning,
sharing and supporting as well as influencing policymakers and key
organisations. We have just published our review of work to date and plans for the next year. I am
most excited about Making it Real - the markers of change for
personalisation. Already hundreds of organisations have signed up
and many are now uploading their plans for all to see. Over the
next few months we aim to get to the next level and get up to 1000
Over the period I have worked for TLAP personally I have become
increasingly concerned about making personalisation real for older
people and about getting some real traction for social capital and
I want to be able to put more of my time into practical work in
these areas. That's why I've decided now is a good time for me to
step down from my management role and focus more on these projects.
When I talked to the TLAP board about stepping down I reflected
that initially I had agreed to the role for six months and have
been having such a great time that it was very difficult to take
the step! At the same time though I confirmed my commitment to TLAP
and to carry on being very closely involved via some of the key
pieces of work mentioned.
I'd strongly encourage anyone who might be interested in the new
role to have a look at the advert and come forward. TLAP is now well
established, has an important an influential future and is made up
of great partners and a wonderful team. Linda, Jaimee, Shahana,
Chelsea and Corrine, the core team is a really impressive group and
great to work with personally.
So you leaders out there - come and join us!