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Self Directed Futures Training

Self Directed Futures is a social enterprise whose mission is to help create a world where we believe and act as if everyone - every single person - matters.

We work to empower individuals and families to take control of their support and build the kind of lives that they really want to live. Our work is rooted in community and aims to build upon every person’s unique gifts and talents. Our team have a wealth of experience in improving Health and Social Care systems and applying the principles of Self-Directed Support.

We have expertise in:

  • Personal Budgets, Direct Payments and Individual Service Funds
  • Commissioning in local government and the NHS
  • Support brokerage and person-centred planning
  • Deinstitutionalisation and helping people leave institutional care
  • Training, coaching and change management

Self-Directed Support (SDS) puts people at the centre of their care and support and enables people to take control of their lives. This is not just a human right, it is also a better and more effective way of organising services.

Based on decades of experience our team provide training on:

  • Individual Service Funds and making self-directed work for everyone
  • Creativity, planning and personalised support
  • Extending personalisation into healthcare services
  • Applying innovations in the context of the existing law and regulations
  • Changing markets and growing new forms of support

Take a look at our training brochure here.

We are also able to tailor courses to suit your individual requirements, so please get in touch to discuss your needs.

Self Directed Futures shares its profits to support the wider work of the Centre for Welfare Reform and Citizen Network.



Chris Watson

Steph Lyons PhD


SDS Network: Individual Service Funds (ISFs)

SDS Network: Individual Service Funds (ISFs)

Chris Watson of Self Directed Futures and Gary Kent of New Key and Jacqui Hendra of Devon County Council on ISFs.

Individual Service Funds (ISFs) Easy Read

Individual Service Funds (ISFs) Easy Read

This Easy Read guide explains how Individual Service Funds (ISFs) let people manage a personal budget without needing to use direct payments.

A Commissioners' Guide to Individual Service Funds

A Commissioners' Guide to Individual Service Funds

This guide offers a commissioner's perspective on how to implement Individual Service Funds and widen self-directed support beyond Direct Payments.

Self-Directed Support

Self-Directed Support

This paper has been written as part of the SKILLS Project to begin the development of an international exploration of best-practice.