The life changing impact of my Direct Payment It’s the flexibility they offer that makes receiving a Direct Payment so important to me In this blog John shares his experiences with managing his own Personal Budget and the impact receiving it by a Direct Payment has had on his independence. About five months ago I temporarily moved out of my flat so that the internal doorways could be widened to accommodate my wheelchair, and so that a ramp could be installed outside the front of my property. During this time I was staying in a hotel, at which my personal assistants were still visiting me. Without a Direct Payment I wouldn’t have been able to receive this support – it made a huge difference seeing a friendly face every day and having the same level of support I was used to at home. Without one I wouldn’t be able to do half of the things I do now – and that’s speaking from experience. I’m able to go to the cinema, go out for meals with my family, and have been able to start volunteering with Independent Lives. None of this would have been possible for me before. It can feel overwhelming at first, but like anything else it’s just a learning process. For the first time in years I feel secure, because I know that I’m in control of my support and can direct it as I need it. Someone I know and trust can always be there for me if I need them, and I can get out of the house more than I ever could before. If anyone has the choice to receive a Direct Payment, I would always suggest that they go for it. There’s plenty of support out there to help you with the process and how to best spend your money. It can feel overwhelming at first, but like anything else it’s just a learning process. Once you get used to managing it yourself there’s really no comparison. I no longer feel isolated from the rest of the world because of all of these things which I’ve been able to draw together thanks to my Direct Payment. It really has made that much difference.