Are you ‘in control’ this Christmas?

Last week we kicked off our Christmas campaign to lift spirits and remind us all of the value of the work we do with a blog by Elaine Cotterill, In Control trustee, who talked about how being 'in control' has made such dramatic difference to her, and her husband's, lives.

You can read her blog by visiting: /blog/elaine-cotterill,-in-control-trustee,-talks-about-what-it-means-to-be-'in-control'-this-christmas.aspx

But we don't want the good news to stop there. We want to share more stories about how personalisation and having a personal budget enables you, or someone you know, to feel in control - be 'in control' - not only for Christmas but every day of the year.

So join us in celebrating being 'in control' this Christmas by sharing your stories using the hashtag #BeInControlXmas or emailing us your stories to

Let's make sure this Christmas is all about personal budgets and how much being 'in control' really does change lives.

1 comment for “Are you ‘in control’ this Christmas?”

  1. Gravatar of Rob KayRob Kay
    posted 20 December 2013 at 00:04:58

    Looking back at 2013 now, and it has been one of constant progress, development, and exploration for my son, who is 19 and has Down's Syndrome.

    Jordan attends a local college and uses his In-control budget to buy in support from friends he has known since (mainstream) Primary school days, for short courses, holidays, cultural and sports activity.
    The year started with a couple of ski trips at Glencoe and Aviemore, training with Disability Snowsport UK, and staying at youth hostels and guest houses.

    An opportunity came up at Easter to house/dog-sit for friends near the Canadian Rockies, so we spent a couple of weeks ski-ing, enjoying the big ice hockey games, hiking, and exploring the beautiful frozen north. We even went underground in the Rockies, exploring a wild cave near Canmore with a local guide.

    In the early summer Jordan attended an Edinburgh University outreach programme around the Edinburgh Film festival, black tie matinee party and all. Then he went yachting on Loch Ness for a few days, to get some practice for....
    a full week's sailing adventure in September across the Irish Sea with the Ocean Youth Trust Scotland together with his peer-supporter. An amazing experience, and you can catch it here on Youtube:

    Meanwhile he was going out a couple of times a week, boxing regularly at the local gym, testing his artistic skills at Project Ability's Glasgow studios, and catching a lot of theatre and movies.
    Next year? More of the same, just even better!

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