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We are a small organisation; at the moment there are only two of us. We set up Community Glue to try and make sure new plans for 'self-directed support' help the whole community. You can find out more about us by clicking here. This is a list of the things we are doing at the moment, but we are always interested in new ideas.

 

 

Personal Budgets

 

From 2008 onwards adults entitled to publicly funded social care services have been able to purchase their own support directly – known as 'personal budgets'. In 2014, personal health budgets were widely introduced also for people with long term health conditions. We are interested in how the new systems might offer people more control and choice over the care and support they receive.  Our three major pieces of work around this theme so far have been: 

  • Developing and running a 'peer support broker' course (more information here) (2011 -2013)
  • We have worked with local personal budget and personal health budget users and staff in local statutory and voluntary organisations to co-produce a report making updated recommendations (2018-19). You can read it here.

 

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When people apply for their own budgets, the type of support they most commonly purchase is help from another person or people (often known as Care Assistants or Personal Assistants). Sometimes they are well supported, but more often they are left to cope alone with what can be a difficult as well as a rewarding job. We have developed a package of supports for care workers, whether they are self-employed, or employed by their clients or other organisations.

 

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In these days of shrinking budgets, many charities and social enterprises can find that they are thinly stretched. At Community Glue we have more than 40 years' management experience between us, and we'd be happy to talk to other organisations about their needs. Examples of the kinds of things we've done include:

  • Helping other community groups to register as companies or charities
  • Facilitating a staff support group
  • Preparing documentation and writing reports.
  • Developing policies and procedures in consultation with staff and service users.
  • Project managing new services during the 'start-up' phase.

You can contact us by clicking here.


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