This Christmas we have been pleasantly surprised and very
heartened by the number of stories shared in our first
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
Our Chief Executive Julie Stansfield, Sam Clarke from Inclusion
North and Sian Lockwood from Community Catalysts talked about their hopes
Les Scaife explained why being 'in control' is so important for
his son Brian.
Farquharson shared his 'Christmas wish' and views on
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
so we can publish them on our website - or just use the hashtag
Let's keep the Christmas spirit going into 2014.