Change that leads to better lives

Developing Environments for Small Supports to Emerge & Flourish

A commissioning and procurement system has developed which tends to favour larger providers and often those who operate out of area and base their delivery around perceived behaviours and risk; traditional approaches to ‘market development’ have done little to challenge this.

Emerging small supports

Small Supports Activity

Through our work with new and emerging small supports organisations and their commissioners, it is clear that, with creativity, the system can be made to work to provide a local environment where great, small supports can grow. We are working with committed local authorities, health organisations and Transforming Care Partnerships to try to achieve this.

Our local activity includes:

  • Understanding why the existing local system and practice has failed people and their families;
  • Ensuring that the voices of people and families lead small supports;
  • Adapting local commissioning and procurement processes to welcome and enable small support organisation;
  • Finding future leaders and working with them to establish new providers;
  • Exploring how local clinical, housing, emergence services and community can contribute to people living community lives;
  • Identifying and addressing barriers to the growth and functioning of small supports.

As a team we include people who have established small supports organisations, individuals and families with personal experience of secure settings and community lives, commissioners and change leaders.


Small Supports Sites

We are working with the following areas as they develop small supports organisations.

Map of Small Supports Sites

2020/21 Progamme

  • The Black Country (Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell & Wolverhampton)
  • Bradford, West Yorkshire
  • Coventry & Warwickshire
  • Hertfordshire
  • Lancashire & South Cumbria Integrated Care System
  • Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire
  • Suffolk

Alumni Sites

  • Bedford, Luton & Milton Keynes TCP
  • Birmingham & Solihull
  • Cornwall
  • Cumbria
  • Leeds

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