Personalisation – and Personal Budgets in particular – are making a positive difference in the lives of lots of different people of different ages and impairment groups.
I did so deliberately: personalisation seems to have been getting quite a rough deal over the last 18 months, especially since its benefits aren’t being felt equally by all groups and seems to mean less is being spent on people. Personally, I think such views conflate a number of issues, including implementation, budgetary pressures and a lack of appropriate support.
If I had to summarise my feelings, I’d say the following: there is a legitimate debate to be had about how best to ensure personalisation is implemented such that it benefits everyone equally; in my view, that’s a different debate to one that challenges personalisation per se.
Still, it’s not good enough to have these debates in the abstract, or to talk about disrupting or innovating a system to within an inch of its life without really understanding what’s going on, and the 3-year study is one attempt to explore the issues fully over a period of time (rather than a snapshot)
The full report and 5 briefings will be available soon. In the meantime, below are 3 videos which capture the stories of 3 people and the impact Personal Budgets have had for them, now they’ve been receiving them for a long period of time.
You can also see these videos with subtitles and more background / description here:
Disability LIB – the alliance of organisations that has provided capacity building support and advice to Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) in England – has published a video on why Disabled People’s Organisations are important.
The film explains how disabled people have brought about significant social change in the last 30 years.
The film is part of the Disability LIB’s video web resource that contains 30 short films about Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) and Capacity Building. The films will be launched at the Disability LIB legacy and learning event to be held on Tuesday 6 September.
The films are divided into 4 sections:
Disabled Peoples Organisations
Human Rights, Equality and Campaigning
Running a Disabled People’s Organisation
The films highlight work undertaken by Disability LIB over the past 3 years (June 08- May 11) and contain a number personal stories about organisational change. They highlight some of the challenges facing Disabled People’s Organisations and celebrate the unique value they have in making sure Disabled People are at the fore front of running their organisations, directing services and influencing and delivering social change that creates inclusive and accessible places to live, learn, work and play.
I’ll put a warning on this one straight away: if you haven’t heard or seen Brett Domino yet, and you have a slightly off sense of humour (like I do), then I recommend you come back when you have a couple of hours spare. Once you’ve seen the videos below, you’ll want to get some more.
Quite aside from the brilliance of the idea, the ability to execute these medleys in the way they are, with the production values and attention to detail, is second to none.
I commend to you Brett Domino. First up, the Justin Timberlake Medley: