Personal budgets - your free guides
Your guide to personal budgets
Personal budgets give people greater control over the support they get.
People with a mental health condition can use a personal budget, which is money from the local authority (or council), to pay for social care services and support.
Personal budgets can be used in many ways, from gym membership to a Personal Assistant or buying computer equipment, as long as they help to meet someone’s needs.
But people are not always sure what to do and how to make the most out of their personal budget. For this reason we have developed practical guides, specifically for people using mental health services, carers and mental health workers.
The guides are based on research where we spoke to people with direct experience of using personal budgets, or supporting a person to use them. And we have made some of these personal experiences available for you to learn from. Click here to watch the short videos on YouTube
Your personal budget guides.
Guides for People Using Mental Health Services - read online:
Guide for Carers / Families - read online :
Guides for Mental Health Workers - downloads:
This project was conducted in partnership between the McPin Foundation and Rethink Mental Illness, and was funded by the Big Lottery Fund. To find out more about the research leading to the guides, please download the report.
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Contact our Advice team about mental health & related issues
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