Personal Budgets

Social care has undergone a quiet revolution in recent years as the ‘personalisation’ of healthcare has rolled out across the UK.

For people with learning disabilities or experiencing mental health issues this change has been very significant.  The health system has moved from a service where therapeutic opportunities were prescribed to people, to one where a person is assessed for a specific level of financial support from the local authority and then chooses what to do to meet their intended outcomes. This financial support is known as a ‘personal budget’. We feel this is a very positive move in social care to empower people’s choice and help promote individual well being.

Many students at Wildgoose Rural Training Centre use their personal budgets to access the activities we do.  As a result, we are experienced in how the budgets work and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

If you are interested in trying out some of our activities, you are welcome to come to us with family or friends or a social worker for a look around with one of our team, but we do ask you to make an appointment first.

You can get a sense of who we are and how we work by watching our short film on YouTube.

Student Andrew Lee’s parents Kevin and Shirley, “Andrew has attended Wildgoose Rural Training Centre for over 10 years and really enjoys going there. We accessed a personal budget for Andrew to pay for his days and Wildgoose understood how this worked and were very helpful. We recommend that anybody with a personal budget looking for truly meaningful day opportunities in a supportive environment should take a look at what Wildgoose has to offer”.