Fact sheets

We have developed a series of fact sheets with Mencap as part of In Control and Me, a project funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.

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In Control and Me was set up to provide accessible information for everyone who wants to direct their own support.

There are fact sheets on a range of different subjects, such as an introduction to self-directed support; how to make a support plan; organising your money; housing; jobs; opening a bank account; wills and trusts; person centred planning plus much more.

Mencap as developed some Easy Read fact sheets and these can be viewed on their website.

Audio versions of the first 25 fact sheets are available here.

We have been working with a number of organisations to produce bespoke versions of these factsheets as well as a variety of information material and resources. To find out how we can help your organisation communicate personalisation, contact us at or 0121 4745900

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32. Reablement  - Last Updated : 04 February 2011

Reablement is a short-term service, usually up to six weeks, for people who need support to live in their homes independently. The aim is to help you put in place the arrangements needed for you to get out and about and do the things you need to. This fact sheet tells you more about ...

33. Wills and Trusts  - Last Updated : 04 February 2011

you can make sure that a family member or friend with a disability will get the financial support and protection they need after your death. This fact sheet has been written to give parents, family members and carers helpful information about writing a will and setting up a trust, a...

34. Person centred planning  - Last Updated : 11 July 2016

It is a way of working that helps people to plan and organise their future by putting them at the heart of the process. It was developed for individuals and families, to put them in control and help them to work out what makes sense for them. " Person centred planning belongs ...

35. Personal Budgets and older people  - Last Updated : 04 February 2011

Just because you are older and need support it doesn't mean that you should lose control of your life, your independence and everything that is important to you. If you are helping a relative who is older and needs support it doesn't mean you have to do everything for them as their c...

36. Mental health and self-directed support  - Last Updated : 04 February 2011

Self- directed support is for everyone who is eligible for social care funding. This fact sheet answers some of the most commonly heard questions about how people with mental health problems can, and should be included and gives links to useful sources of information and evidence.

37. Micro enterprises  - Last Updated : 04 February 2011

Micro enterprises are small businesses. A micro enterprise is a good way of doing something you like and getting paid for it. And you're the boss. This fact sheet explains what a micro enterprise is and how you can set up your own.

38. Friendship and relationships  - Last Updated : 11 July 2016

Friendships and relationships are essential to our well-being. It is human nature to want the company of others. This fact sheet tells you how you can build better friendships and relationships for yourself, the people you love and care about and for those who don't yet have anyone i...

39. Profound Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD)  - Last Updated : 04 February 2011

People with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) have the same right as anyone else to be included, heard, considered and understood. Just because someone does not use words, it does not mean they can't communicate their preferences and share what is important to them. ...

40. Getting involved in your community  - Last Updated : 04 February 2011

There are many things that can cause people to be cut off from their community such as a disability, mental health issue, change in circumstance, loss, house move, illness, having a baby or just getting older. But for many people who already have busy lives, getting involved in thei...

41. Five ways to wellbeing  - Last Updated : 04 February 2011

The 'five ways to well-being' is a set of simple actions which can help improve your mental health and well-being. This fact sheet gives you some simple ideas on how you can keep your mind healthy and act on the 'five ways to well-being'.

Last Updated : 30 January 2020. Page Author: Gaynor Cockayne.