In 2017, with support from the European Union's Erasmus+ programme, we created a network for learning about self-directed support called the SKILLS project.
The SKILLS project developed a range of resources to help countries develop systems of self-directed support. In 2019 we were awarded a further 3 years of funding to strengthen and extend this network and to advance self-directed support across the whole of Europe.
The project is led by KVPS and is managed in partnership with the Finnish National Agency for Education. However, although the hub is based in Europe, we welcome membership from leaders on self-directed support from around the world.
Self-directed support is the name for a system of support that puts people in control of their support and means:
Directing your own support is a human right and it is a very similar to idea of independent living and it is based on the principles established by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Our network is made up of organisations who are leading work in their home country or region on self-directed support, particularly those working alongside people with intellectual disabilities and their families. Our goal is to work in partnership with other important European and International bodies, especially those led by disabled people, and to help ensure we can achieve citizenship for all.
We are currently exploring how we can best support the leadership of disabled people at national, European and global levels.
At the moment the network is made up of the following organisations:
Australia - Western Australia Individualised Services (WAIS)
Canada - Canadian Institute for Inclusion and Citizenship (CIIC)
England - Centre for Welfare Reform
Europe - the European Association for Persons with Disabilities - EASPD
Finland - Suunta
Greece - Puzzle
Italy - Anffas
Lithuania - Samanta Savickaitė, Klaipėda University
New Zealand - Manawanui
Scotland - In Control Scotland
USA - In Control Wisconsin
We welcome new members - If you are trying to develop self-directed support, personal budgets or other similar changes in your country or region then please contact Simon Duffy to explore how you could join the network.
The network works to advance self-directed support. In particular:
For more details see the sections below:
In the first phase of work the SKILLS project developed useful materials that can be freely shared. The key resources include:
If you want to share your materials with across the network then please get in touch. We would also like to hear from anyone willing to translate any of these resources into other languages. Currently we have these resources available in:
In 2020 we will be launching a series of additional resources:
Citizen Network is working with partners from around the world in order to understand how self-directed is developing in different countries and regions. In particular we want to understand:
We are working to develop maps which show progress of self-directed support:
If you are willing to help us get a better understanding of self-directed support in your country or region please get in touch.
Canadian Institute for Inclusion and Citizenship (CIIC) - who host a database of global research on SDS
Western Australia individualised Services (WAIS) - who lead work on personalised support
Centre for Welfare Reform (CfWR) - who publish diverse work on self-directed support
We are also working on an online learning platform to provide useful information on Self-Directed Support:
Please visit the platform and share with anyone you think will be interested.