Social care organisations are being asked to go online today (17
May) to publicly declare their commitment to changing the way older
and disabled adults experience care and support.
Making it Real: Marking Progress with Personalisation and
Community-based Support is a campaign led by Think Local, Act
Personal (TLAP) to encourage organisations that pay for or provide
social care services to get real about improving people's
Written by older and disabled people and family carers
themselves, and supported by a major coalition of the social care
sector's leading organisations, Making it Real sets out what people
expect to see and experience if they are to have more choice,
control and freedom to live as independently as possible. Social
care organisations are encouraged to sign up online to declare
support for these "markers of progress on personalisation" and
start working directly with the people who use their services to
Disability Rights UK Director of Development and TLAP co-chair
Sue Bott says: "Making it Real should be used by councils and
providers to really look at their services and decide whether
they're commissioned and delivered in a way that is personal.
Importantly, Making it Real is also for those of us on the
receiving end, who have aspirations and who want to meet them, but
need some support along the way."
Vice Chair of the Care Provider Alliance and TLAP co-chair
Miranda Wixon says: "Making it Real is a series of statements from
people who use services, matched by what that looks like in
practice so we change the way we deliver those services - it is
making us as providers focus more on what difference we can make to
a person's life."
Citizen leader and TLAP Co-chair Bill Davidson says: "Making it
Real has been truly and genuinely co-produced with real people and
is extremely good practice. The journey is as important as the
destination and Making it Real creates a platform for people and
organisations to work together in a transparent way to improve
service delivery and share learning."
Making it Real has been initially tested with a number of
organisations across England, comprised of local authorities, large
private sector providers, small voluntary sector providers and
Fiona McClelland, Head of Policy and Practice at Action on
Hearing Loss, says: "We are delighted to be playing a leading role
in piloting the innovative Making it Real initiative, which will
greatly assist us in further developing Action on Hearing Loss's
person-centred services so that we can better meet the individual
needs and choices of our service users."
Immediate past President of the Association of Directors of
Adult Services Peter Hay, whose local authority Birmingham City
Council was amongst the first to get on board with Making it Real,
has also given his support to Making it Real.
Making it Real online was officially launched today at Community
Care Live in London with the help of Paralympian gold medalist and
word record holder Danny Crates, and Clenton Farguharson, member of
the tLAP Co-Production Advisory Group. It is now available online for organisations to declare their
Read our blog on Making it Real here.
For more information about Making it Real, please see http://www.thinklocalactpersonal.org.uk/Browse/mir/
To find out how In Control can help your organisation to deliver
Making it Real, please visit these pages.