This was a Christmas for celebrating being ‘in control’

This Christmas we have been pleasantly surprised and very heartened by the number of stories shared in our first #BeInControlXmas campaign.

We heard from Elaine Cotterill about how being in control of his own budget has made such a difference to her husband's life.

Mark Neary explained how 3 years on, he is truly thankful that his son Steven won his court battle and gained the independence to live the life he chooses.

Mike Walker shared why he is thankful every day he has a personal budget.

Our Chief Executive Julie Stansfield, Sam Clarke from Inclusion North and Sian Lockwood from Community Catalysts talked about their hopes for 2014.

Les Scaife explained why being 'in control' is so important for his son Brian.

Clenton Farquharson shared his 'Christmas wish' and views on independent living.

And Jayne Knight revealed just how much having a personal budget means to her mother - being actually able to celebrate a Christmas lunch with her family.

All of these stories have one thing in common: they show just how much difference personalisation - access to direct payments, personal budgets and self-directed support - can make to a person's life.

But we shouldn't stop here. Let's keep the good news coming and continue to raise awareness of the value of personalisation and personal budgets in 2014.

You can help by sending us your good news stories to Laura Bimpson via so we can publish them on our website - or just use the hashtag #FeelGoodInControl.

Let's keep the Christmas spirit going into 2014.

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Last Updated : 09 January 2014. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.