Co-production is Making Life Better for People who use Direct Payments: Do you want to be involved?  

Swansea Co-production network members, people who use direct payments and carers have worked with Swansea Social Services and Independent Living Team to review how direct payments work for people. They have looked carefully at what’s involved in applying for and managing a direct payment, employing a personnel assistant and the help that is available. Based on what people have told them, alongside the Independent Living Team, they are going to write the information sheets that will be available on the Councils Website, together.

Friends United Together have worked with Care to Co-operate to start their own Direct Payment Co-operative in Swansea. “By working together as a co-operative and pooling their Direct Payments, Friends United Together can spend more time together, and as members of the co-operative, they have greater voice and control over the type of care and support they purchase. Also, the co-operative will directly employ their Support Workers in future!” read more about ‘Friends United Together’ by clicking here.

Care to Co-operate have published a fact sheet that tells you everything you need to get started with Direct Payment co-operatives – please have a look, share it, tell your friends and get in touch with Co-operative Development Adviser Joanne Bartlett: [email protected] / 02920 807 120.  

Download the fact sheet, click here.

If you have questions about using direct payments or would like more information about Co-production, please contact Adrian Bailey - roduction Development Officer at Swansea Council for Voluntary Service (SCVS) / Cyngor Gwasanaeth Gwirfoddol Abertawe (CGGA) on 01792 544035 / 07538105482 / [email protected]