If you need longer term help and support to live life to the full, we want to encourage you to plan, choose and buy your own support, to maintain control over your life, and to live your life, your way. We call this 'Self Directed Support'. It means that you are in charge of how the money for your support is spent. By working like this we are able to help you in a flexible way, to live as independently as possible and to feel part of your community.
We understand that not everyone will want or be able to do this to the same extent, but we encourage people to take control where they can and want to do so. The important thing is that everyone gets to say how they want to be supported.
Self Directed Support is part of a bigger change to social services which is called 'Personalisation'.