Meet the new members of Stay Connected

In Control would like to introduce you to the new members of our free Stay Connected network.

Through our free Stay Connected Network, you can share in our experience and knowledge helping you to keep in touch with the latest developments in personalisation across the health, adult social care, children's services and education sectors.

Membership is designed for:

  • Councils (adult social care and children's services)
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups and health organisations
  • Service providers (private and voluntary sector)
  • The education sector
  • Charities
  • Community organisations
  • Social enterprises
  • User-led organisations
  • Family groups and community interest companies

Benefits include priority access to our popular and often oversubscribed webinars about key topics on personalisation and personal budgets; opportunities to present webinars, or nominate a topic; use of In Control's 'Working with' logo; and access to the latest information and news on personalisation.

And, your organisation will gain the benefit of our extensive networks, popular news articles and social media channels to raise the profile of your organisation - just like these new members:

Alexander Venture Consulting

Growth consultancy support to social care service providers win more contracts and tenders. Alexander Venture Consulting takes a different approach, taking the time to listen carefully to your ideas and your ambitions for your company rather than having pre-packaged 'solutions'. They aim to work closely with you on how to create engaging new business proposals designed to increase your revenues, improve your profits and reduce the time required.


BigRightBiz is an independent consultancy service working for the not for profit sector including charities, community groups, social enterprises and other non governmental organisations (NGO's), local authorities and other statutory bodies as well as partnerships and consortia. BidRightBiz is passionate about supporting organisations, large and small, working with disadvantage and excluded individuals and groups. BidRightBiz's work focuses on supporting organisations to access funding and developments opportunities including applying for funding, identifying funding, getting your organisation ready for funding and business planning and analytics.

Connect in the North

Connect in the North is a centre of inclusive Living led by people with learning difficulties. The aim is to support people with learning difficulties to have control over their own lives and gain equal power in the world they live in. Connect in the North focuses on listening to people with learning difficulties and supporting them to feel 'heard'; supporting them by taking on work that they need help with; speaking out for those with learning difficulties; helping them to change their lives; and supporting them to feel proud and in control.

Creative Lifestyle Solutions CIC

CLS CIC is a brokerage support service for learning disabled young adults to develop their own person-centred plans and set up their own support networks. CLS CIC also offer information and advice on managing your community care needs, including information on recruiting, training, and paying your own support staff, housing and employment options, and accessing social activities. CLS CIC aims to encourage and support the development of community enterprises that offer people with a LD and their Carers access to gainful employment opportunities.

Creative Support

Creative Support is a highly experienced not for profit provider of care and support services for people with a learning disability, mental health needs, complex physical disabilities, older people, people who display challenging behaviour, and other needs including sensory impairment, dementia, autistic spectrum conditions, end of life care, etc. Our contracts include outreach and floating support services, homecare, supported living, supported housing, residential care, community domiciliary care services, extra care schemes, day services, social inclusion services and advice/advocacy services.
We currently provide these services across the South East and London, North West, North East and Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber. Our Executive and Senior Management Teams are all highly qualified health and social care professionals, many of them possess specific expertise in the fields of learning disabilities, older people, mental health, autism or other needs.

Future Directions CIC

Future Directions CIC are a community interest community who provide support to people with learning disabilities and complex needs.
We are built on and driven by the principles of personalisation; we truly believe that services users (and their families) should have complete choice and control over how their support is delivered, and we work with each individual to develop a package of support that is unique to them. We support individuals to actively participate in the recruitment of their own support staff, ensuring that they have consistent support that is tailored to their individual needs and wishes.

Halton Speak Out

NOTE: website currently under construction

Self advocacy group working with children/young people and adults with a learning disability.

Peterborough City Council

Working to improve lives in Peterborough. Visit the Council's website for more information about services available or email the contact above.

Purple Patch Arts

A not-for-profit organisation offering education and health and wellbeing programmes to adults with learning disabilities across the Yorkshire region. The aim of this organisation is to support people with learning disabilities to have lives that are fulfilling, to support people to build their confidence, communication and self-advocacy skills and through activities, 'inspire creative adventure' and use the arts as a way to make things accessible.

Quality of Life Partnership

Information Now is the information and advice website for people over 50 living in Newcastle, their families and carers. We want to help you stay informed, make choices, be independent and have an excellent quality of life.


The Regard Partnership was formed in 1994 by John Webster and John Farragher who recognised the need for community based services for people with learning disabilities and mental health needs. Since the first home opened in Kent, Regard has grown into one of the top providers or person centred care within the Learning Disability and Mental Health arenas. We now provide supported living and residential services in over 120 locations and have a specialist school and children's services as well as day resource centres (OWL). We still work hard to maintain the original ethos and drive to provide a service based on the individual

Shohreh Shadlou

A qualified social worker based on Birmingham.

Solihull Care Limited

Solihull Care Limited has been operational since October 1998 and is an Industrial and Provident Society with charitable status operating on a 'not for profit basis providing Residential care with nursing and Domiciliary care services. The choice of services ranges from domiciliary, day care and respite to residential care at their flagship Solihull care home, Swallows Meadow Court. Solihull Care pride themselves on their warm, friendly environment and work tirelessly to ensure that their residents are well cared for, happy and comfortable.

Solo Support Services

Third party or direct payment support services filling the gap in third party arrangements. Solo Support Services aims to bring a fresh and innovative approach to the facilitation of personal health budgets and individual budgets.

Trafford Centre for Independent Living

A direct payment user led organisation, Traford Centre for Independent Living delivers a range of services, including:
Advocacy, Brokerage, Information, Learning, Life coaching, Managed Accounts and Personal Assistant services across Trafford and the North West. Trafford Centre for Independent Living is a disabled people's user-led organisation, set up using the expertise of disabled people to provide tailored support to people with impairments to live full, enjoyable and independent lives.

Find out more:

Visit our Stay Connected pages to find out more including how your organisation can join.


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Last Updated : 25 March 2014. Page Author: marijke.hirst.