RUILS : Pooling Budgets

What is pooling?

  • Pooling is a way to spend time with other people who want to do similar things.

  • Pooling is a way of sharing skills, interests, ideas, or the cost of doing or buying something you all want to share.

If you have funds available to set up support for your daily life, whether they are provided by the Council in the form of a Direct Payment or Personal Budget, you are using your own money, or even a combination of both, you can pool resources to share the cost of your support.

This might be something as simple as sharing the cost of transport to go somewhere nice, sharing the cost of a holiday or some equipment, sharing the cost of doing an activity you all enjoy, engaging the services of someone to support your group or you could even be thinking of starting a business.

How can it help you?

Maybe you have just left college and have a group of friends you don’t want to lose touch with. You could think about setting up a club which meets every week to chat, play games, do art or whatever you fancy. You might think about engaging the services of a Personal Assistant (PA) or support worker to help you plan and take part in activities.

Maybe you have already recruited a PA and you would like to share the cost with others and at the same time improve your social contacts. 

Maybe you are disabled or elderly and would like to find other likeminded people to take trips out with, or pay someone to come and cook lunch for you at home.

Maybe you live with a group of people in sheltered accommodation and want to share the cost of a holiday or regular outing.

Some groups have even got together to start up a business making and selling things, using their Direct Payments to pay a support worker to help them organise things.

Benefits of Pooling         

People in lots of different situations can benefit from pooling. You can:

1. Save money by sharing the cost of activities, negotiating a better rate for a group or sharing the cost of someone to support you.
2. Share ideas and skills.
3. Stay in touch or meet new people who like to do similar things.
4. Try something you’ve never done before!

We hope that this guide will help your arrangements to go smoothly and ensure that you are prepared for those times when things don’t quite go to plan. The things you need to think about are set out in our step by step guide.

First you might want to think about the sort of pooling you want to do as this could affect how you go about setting it up. There are 3 main types: click here