Christmas and New Year are times when people get together and
celebrate as a family, or simply take advantage of the seasonal
holiday to enjoy time with those they love. However recent
campaigns such as 'Winter Friends' highlight just how hard this
holiday season can be for some of the most marginalised and
isolated people in our society and how much pressure services come
It's also a time when many working in the social care or health
fields feel overwhelmed rather than joyful. Services come under
huge pressure as the numbers of people seeking help increases due
to illness, isolation, the effects of cold weather and many other
problems that seem far worse at Christmas and over the New Year
than any other time of the year. This is all in the midst of
ongoing significant constraints on finances and resources.
But it doesn't all have to be doom and gloom.
There may still be many, many challenges that we need to overcome
but we are in danger of overlooking and not sharing some of the
really good stuff - the stuff that's happening when personalisation
works how it should do. Moreover we're in danger of not sharing
this so others can learn how and it can and should be done.
So, it's important that we all keep strong and resilient and take
some time for a little inspiration and reminder of why we're all
doing what we're doing.
That's why we want you to share your good news stories and help us
to showcase the work we all do to help people be 'in control' of
We want to re-focus everyone on the benefits of personalisation
and personal budgets in supporting people to live the lives they
want to lead especially during the holiday season when it really
comes to light just how much people being able to live the lives
they want makes a real difference.
Are you 'in control' this Christmas?
Ahead of Christmas we will be publishing a series of blog posts
written by guests on our website to highlight stories that showcase
what it means to people to be 'in control' this Christmas time and
we are calling on you to join in.
The first post has been written by Elaine Cotterill, one of our
new trustees and you can read Elaine's thoughts on the difference
being 'in control' this Christmas will be making to her and her
We will then promote these Christmas stories through our social
media networks using the hashtag
We want you to join in by sharing our blogs through your networks
as well as promoting your own good news and case studies.
Just keep using the hashtag #BeInControlXmas and
help us spread the good news this holiday season.
New Year Resolution: 'Feel Good' and 'In Control'
We don't want to stop at Christmas. We want to keep the feel good
factor going into the New Year with a weekly round up of good
That's why our New Year resolution is to publish and promote good
news every Friday.
We want to showcase how being in control - individuals having
control over their own support plan and services through a personal
budget - helps people feel good.
It's our #FeelGoodInControl campaign.
To get involved all you need to do is email us your good news
stories, or promote them and other good news events through your
social media networks using the hashtag
We will do the same and with everyone getting involved, we should
discover a lot to make us all feel good about why people need to be
To contribute to our 'Be in control this Christmas' or 'Feel Good
In Control' Campaigns, either use the hashtags #BeInControlXmas and
#FeelGoodInControl when you promote your stories or email your
stories to firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember to use the correct hashtag, including
#BeInControlXmas for all good news ahead of 25th December
#FeelGoodInControl for all good news after 1st January 2014.
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