Self-Directed Support: Getting past stuck! - 24 September


Think Local Act Personal are pleased once again to work with the London Self Directed Support Forum to enable people, providers, practitioners and commissioners to come together to reflect on the progress made with Self-Directed Support across the country.

This year we want to highlight how some places are moving on with Self-Directed Support and are bucking the trend where in many places austerity has been put forward as a reason for not prioritising personalisation.

How have they done this, what were the conditions, what are the lessons we can learn? How do we make it happen where we live and work?

This event will also form the London Self-Directed Support Forums annual conference, always a day of vibrant discussion, debate, reflection and learning seeded by inspiring speakers sharing their experiences.


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Event Date


Think Local Act Personal

Event contact

Oliver Wahnon


Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre
108 Stamford Street,
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Dr Vanessa Davey

Dr Vanessa Davey is an experienced researcher with a history of working in the field of long-term care with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused on direct payments (cash payments) to older people from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Skilled in Policy Analysis, Program Evaluation, Outcomes Research, Integrated Care, Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis, Cost Analysis, and Health Care Systems.

“There are long-standing concerns about the benefits of direct payments for older people. Perceived risk factors include frailty, limited social networks, a lack of information technology skills, spouse co-morbidity, overburdened unpaid carers. Little is known about how direct payments actually work for older people. My thesis investigates direct payments practice, analysing newly collected and previous data from a variety of perspectives.”

Dr Andrew Power

Dr Andrew Power is Associate Professor in Human Geography at University of Southampton. He is an experienced Academic with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. He is a strong research and education professional skilled in Disability, Non-profit Organizations, Social Geography, and Public Policy.

When individuals, with the help of their allies, co-construct their own local support networks, activities and identities, from local resources and services, in a meaningful way, they are self-building their care. How well is this going, what themes are emerging that are important learning and evidence from research to embed in policy.

Peter Gay

Peter Gay is an independent trainer and consulting, sharing practical experience of independent living and social care. He has been working with Direct Payment users to coproduce plans to reset their relationship with the local Disabled Peoples Organisation and Local Council.

Peter will share local learning and insights from his work with Direct Payment users, Social Workers and other staff from Local Authorities in related support functions, focusing on what the Care Act says about rights and responsibilities.

Svetlana Kotova

Inclusion London supports over 70 Deaf and Disabled Organisations working across every London borough. Set up in 2008 they have since built a strong reputation for delivering effective, accessible services that upskill, strengthen and support London’s Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations, and for voicing and representing the views of Deaf and Disabled Londoners.