Direct Payments

Sometimes I am reminded of just how lucky I am to do what I do and to be who I am. On Wednesday I spent the day in Paisley working with a group of people who want to set up a service for Direct Payment users and potential Direct Payment users in Renfrewshire. The day was the fist stage of producing a business plan to take to Renfrewshire Council so that they (the group) can get funding for the service. Several people there had what they call impairments and did not find moving or communicating easy. However they gave themselves 100% to the process and their enthusiasm was so infectious.

They know exactly what they want to do and how and why they want to do it. And the main reason they want to offer this service is that they believe that people with impairments are the best people to advise people with impairments. As Sue from Direct payments Scotland wrote to me, “if you want to know what disabled people want, ask DISABLED PEOPLE.” I now have about seven flipchart pages of notes to turn into the first draft of the business plan. Following that I shall meet with the group again to continue the process. I can hardly wait. I’ll keep you informed of how this project goes.

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