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Co-Production & Personal Budgets: Our Report


Our recommendations about how to improve support for Personal Budget and Personal Health Budget users in Oxfordshire was published today. You can download it from the web here. The report makes independent recommendations to the County Council and Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group about how support can be included. Today we presented the report to the commissioners, some of the people who gave their time to be interviewed for the report, and some personal budget and PHB users who came to find out more.


Click here for the full story.

NHS Launches Personalised Care Model


NHS England has launched its Comprehensive Model for Universal Personalised Care today. They aim to roll out the scheme to up to 2.5 million people over the next 5 years. You can read the full proposals here. There are six components to the model:

1. Shared decision making
2. Personalised care and support planning
3. Enabling choice, including legal rights to choice
4. Social prescribing and community-based support
5. Supported self-management
6. Personal health budgets and integrated personal budgets.


While we welcome the aspiration, we note that the recent report produced by the Social Policy Research Unit at York says that most of the pilot sites they have evaluated over the past 5 years are struggling to integrate support for people using PBs and PHBs at a local level. This will clearly need to be a focus during the roll-out if the ambitious targets are to be met.

Oxford Charity Awards


This year's Oxfordshire Community Foundation Awards for Community Integration will take place at the Tap Social Movement Taproom this evening. Amongst the recipients this year are Cutteslowe Allotment Association. While all the winners are worthy, we at Community Glue always like to recognise the unifying properties of home-grown veg!

Cuts to MH Services Overturned

Oxfordshire County Council's proposal to cut £1.6 million from its contribution to the costs of local mental health services has been overturned following some vigorous campaigning. While the proposal to cut £1 million from the mental health pooled budget has been permanently withdrawn, the planned cut of £600K from mental health social work has simply been deferred until next year. Damaging proposals to cut care packages for older adults by £1.5M this year and again next year also remain on the table.

NHS Long-term Plan Launched


The government's intentions for the NHS was launched today. You can read the full document online here. We were particularly interested in plans to extend personalised care by using a social prescribing model to help NHS patients access local supports. Of course to make this work properly, there will also need to be investment in this type of community support. We look forward to hearing more in future.

Community Share Offer in Florence Park

Community Share Offer in Florence Park

A new Charitable Community Benefit Society is launching a Community Share Offer to get their vision for a new community resource off the ground. The Society began as a campaign by local people to take over the running of a former children’s centre in Florence Park. Backed by local charity Aspire and CIC The Nature Effect, the community put together a bid, which was approved earlier this year (click here for more details).

New Oxfordshire Group for Direct Payment Users

  • Are you a Direct Payment user receiving a Personal Budget from either Social Services or your local NHS?
  • Do you support someone else to manage and use a Direct Payment? 
  • Are you a parent or someone with parental responsibility for managing a direct payment on behalf of a child?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you may want to know about this new group starting in Oxford. Click here for the full story, or here to download the flier.

Fund Our NHS Demonstration in Oxford


Today, Community Glue joined the Oxford Fund Our NHS demonstration in Carfax. You can watch a short video here. We even got some unexpected support from a tour guide (spot the yellow brollies at the end).

Taste & Flavour Research


A new study into the properties of a well-known middle eastern spice is about to start at Oxford Brookes University. We have been asked to provide details.


This study involves two 1 hour visits at the Functional Food Centre of Oxford Brookes University
Participants will be trained on how to perform the sensory test in their first visit and in both sessions will be asked to:

  • Taste vegetable soup with different doses of tangy sumac spice
  • Evaluate appearance and flavor of each soup sample
  • Assess the intensity of colour and flavour in each soup sample

If you are potentially interested in taking part in the study, or are able to display a poster offering the opportunity to others, then please contact Nasim Soleymani Majd by email at 

Local Charity Seeks Chair


Local charity Unlimited is run by disabled people for disabled people. They are looking for someone with lived experience of disability to help chaneg attitudes and make it easier to live with a disability in Oxfordshire . Full details are here.

New Comedy About Cancer


A new run of plays by local company the Human Story Theatre, which often succeeds in raising awareness of serious social issues in a way which is both entertaining and informative. A comdey about breast cancer, marital breakdown, family baggage and grieving. What could be funnier? Click here for full details.

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