Support Brokerage 


Principles of Support Brokerage – Putting people in control

At Beams, we believe

• that everyone should be in the driving seat of their own life; that everyone has a voice and the ability to communicate their needs, wishes and preferences.

• that everyone has a dream and a purpose

• that everyone is a citizen, part of their local community and able to be involved.

If you would like more information, or would prefer to speak to someone directly then please do not hesitate to contact us.
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The History of Support Brokerage

Support Brokerage originated in Canada in the 1970s when a group of families approached their local authority to request a greater level of input and control over planning the support their children needed. They requested to be given control over the funding that the local authority had for building and delivering a service to their children. These families asked for the opportunity for a better life and to be given the chance to consider how to use the funding in a different way to achieve this in the heart of their communities.

Support Brokerage came into existence as a family-led, community-based initiative and it has continued to evolve since the 1970s through numerous campaigning bodies, guidance documents and pilot projects; it is now recognised as a crucial component of Self-Directed Support.

We Are Beams is proud to be part of the Support Brokerage Network.