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
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
- 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
- Individuals and groups will have agreed plans for actions they
- Relationships and alliances will have been strengthened and
- 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
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