30th April 2014: The day we make the future - together

On the 30th April 2014, In Control will be bringing together up to 250 people from all areas of the health, social care and education sectors, as well as provider organisations, community groups, and people with real 'lived' experiences to share ideas, plan action and build alliances for a future of inclusion and independent living.

Our 10th anniversary has prompted a period of reflection about what has happened over the past decade, we know that many other people and groups are having similar reflections and thinking about the most useful things they can do in the future. This is why we have decided to run Making the Future - Together.

The day will be an opportunity for people to reflect, plan and organise with 250 other people that share similar goals. It is taking place at a time when much has been achieved in inclusion and independent living over the past few decades but also when new challenges and threats present real obstacles to further positive change. It has never been more important to bring people together to take stock, energise and plan together.

The latest delegate to confirm attendance at Making the Future - Together is Ivan Lewis, MP for Bury South. Ivan was instrumental in championing the implementation of personal budgets in his role as Care Services Minister from 2006 to 2008.

Making the Future - Together is not a conference: there will be no long speeches or "expert" workshops. In Control is not suggesting we have the answers. Instead, we want to offer to create some space and time for reflection and action-focused discussion amongst a wide group of people and organisations.  On the day there will be facilitated small group discussions and full-group sharing and planning. Our goal is that, at the end of the day:

  • We will have shared what we have tried and learned - over the years and recently
  • Strong ideas for practical action for driving inclusion, independent living and well-being will have been developed and shared
  • Individuals and groups will have agreed plans for actions they can take
  • Relationships and alliances will have been strengthened and energised
  • We will have developed the beginnings of a joint plan for further actions we can take

What happens after the event will depend on what we decide together on the day. In Control commits at a minimum to keep and share a record of discussions and actions agreed - there will be a report but we will also arrange blogs, film and audio records.

This will be a collaborative event. We think we already have a good idea about what people will want to be covered during the discussions but we also want to hear from those attending about what they think the priority issues are and what particular issues, challenges and solutions they would want the opportunity to discuss with others. We will then design the day around these suggestions.

Making the Future - Together will take place in Manchester. It will be a full day event from 10am until 4pm.

A copy of the event programme can be downloaded below.

If you would like to find out more about this event, please contact

15 comments for “30th April 2014: The day we make the future - together”

  1. Gravatar of helen swifthelen swift
    posted 14 February 2014 at 16:04:54

    Hi very interested to attend.
    Now a support planner, support broker , parent carer planning with families on pathfinder pilot EHC plans and PHB s.
    Have worked with Calderdale parents and carers and providers.
    My own son aged 28, with complex needs, is just about to become eligible for a CHC PHB ...hope i can get something going for him which is a more individualised service than the currnt support provider.

  2. Gravatar of Kathleen AinsleyKathleen Ainsley
    posted 14 February 2014 at 18:20:24

    This sounds like a wonderful idea. I hope you manage to get the right people there on the day.I would like to nominate our outstanding, bespoke providers to be part of this work as they are so aware of how it CAN be done and the barriers to Personalisation here in our area. However, as they are just 2 people running the business, they would need to know that their time would be well spent as they are such a ;arge part of their hands on business.
    I am not sure if they would be willing to take a day out to be there but i am certain they would be willing to take part in this work if it would help. Can it be done vis Skype or similar?

  3. Gravatar of Les ScaifeLes Scaife
    posted 14 February 2014 at 23:35:22

    It would be good to share what we have with each other to help speed up the process of securing better lives for the people we care for.

  4. Gravatar of WajidWajid
    posted 18 February 2014 at 16:12:41

    Hi very interested to attend.
    Now a support planner, community broker.I
    My own aged 42, with complex needs, is just about to become eligible for a CHC PHB ...hope i can get something going for me new there/

  5. Gravatar of Shirley DeanShirley Dean
    posted 26 February 2014 at 19:03:40

    Interested to attend- All Together Positive are a 100% Service user led social enterprise. We are Support Planners and Recovery trainers.
    We manage a Mental Health Prevention & Personalisation Service. Would love 1or 2 places. keen to contribute to the day and learn from others.

  6. Gravatar of Kath mckinstryKath mckinstry
    posted 27 February 2014 at 18:17:46

    Interested to attend plus one more


  7. Gravatar of maria aspinmaria aspin
    posted 28 February 2014 at 08:28:10

    I have a son who is age 20 with severe complex needs he is blind as well and currently goes to Bridge college in Manchester for disabled young people. I have just read some of the comments please can you tell me what is a CHC and PHB plan and what is the criteria to be eligible for these plans. My son currently has an IB budget plan but has to plan ahead with social services and then it goes to panel to approve funding and this is in
    the Oldham borough.

  8. Gravatar of Christine StringerChristine Stringer
    posted 28 February 2014 at 14:13:19

    Hi, I live in Walsall and would like to attend. I have mobility problems, also my Son aged 48 has a learning disability and behaviour which can challenge. My Sister would also be interested as she has visual impairment.

  9. Gravatar of Barbara DalbyBarbara Dalby
    posted 01 March 2014 at 06:55:01


    I would like to attend please. My father has a PHB. As a family carer and professional I have been involved with Personalisation from its inception. It would be brilliant to be part of what sounds like a fantastic call for people power; innovative free flow planning; sharing, and focusing on the future.

  10. Gravatar of Julie Ann RacinoJulie Ann Racino
    posted 04 March 2014 at 13:21:49

    Thank you for keeping us in the USA informed on your recent progress in personal health budgets! It's been a long road since the 1970s, and we appreciate the work of our colleagues worldwide on individual financing.

    In the US, our primary innovations are direct payments for personal assistance, cash subsidies, and consumer-controlled budgets. And,of course, support still needed for adult children still at home, and for individuals still remaining in institutions.

    I'm "commercially" at Square Up Market/Community andPolicy Studies and

  11. Gravatar of Jenny CarterJenny Carter
    posted 13 March 2014 at 16:29:30

    I think this should be done on a regainal bases as different things affect different areas and the people who have a less stronger voice could miss out if it's 1 big 1. Also lots of different reasons too. Then you can break it down into areas in each region which then every local area can get support.

  12. Gravatar of louise reecejoneslouise reecejones
    posted 16 April 2014 at 21:05:48

    I am interested in attending please how do I book on

  13. Gravatar of LinLin
    posted 19 April 2014 at 20:06:30

    Hi would love to attend please, so fantastic to catch up with everyone and share news and developments. Please may I book?

  14. Gravatar of Elizabeth StanleyElizabeth Stanley
    posted 22 April 2014 at 22:19:23

    Sounds like a great event. I am assuming you have parent/carer reps. I would love to attend could you send me more information. Thanks

  15. Gravatar of Darren HywardDarren Hyward
    posted 29 April 2014 at 13:28:16

    Is the event full

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