Views sought on future of day services in Redcar & Cleveland

Residents’ views are being sought on the future provision of day services for adults with learning disabilities in Redcar & Cleveland.
A consultation process began on Monday 8 October, on a range of ideas for developing the service to meet the future needs of service users.

Changes are necessary because the number of people from Redcar & Cleveland using the Council’s day service provision is reducing. This is mainly due to young people choosing not to attend traditional building based day services and some existing customers moving to alternative provision using the increased choice and control offered by personal budgets (the agreed sum of money available to meet someone’s social care needs).

And the demand is set to reduce even further as more and more people are offered personal budgets.
Additionally some of the buildings currently used for day care are no longer fit for purpose and the running and maintenance costs of some buildings are high and unsustainable.
The model for day services provision in the future needs to be more flexible and able to provide greater choice, variety and control for individuals.

In re-designing provision the Council believes it needs to:
*      rationalise the level of Council-run day care provision, focusing what is retained on supporting people with complex needs
*      develop services designed around each person’s needs and wishes, rather than everyone receiving the same standardised service based in specific buildings
*      develop a community resource able to provide a wide range of support services for people with learning disabilities
*      assist more people to access local resources such as education and leisure and to make best use of the new community facilities being developed like the Redcar Leisure and Community Heart, the Hub and Tuned In!
*      further develop the external market in day opportunities to ensure a broader range of cost effective support options from a mix of providers, including the voluntary sector and user-led organisations.

Cabinet Member for Health and Social Wellbeing, Cllr Sheelagh Clarke said:“As the number of service users accessing traditional day services decreases it is important that what we offer meets their needs and represents value for money
“The Council are committed to developing a set of proposals that will improve day opportunities for adults with learning difficulties in the Borough both now and for the future.
“We can only achieve this by listening to the views and ideas of service users and the public  therefore I would like to encourage people to get involved with the review to help us shape the service.”
To comment on the proposals residents can:

*      Fill in the online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RCBC_LearningDisabilitiesConsultation

*      Email: consultation@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk

*      Write to: Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, Directorate of Adult and Children’s Services, Seafield House, Kirkleatham Street, Redcar, Redcar and Cleveland, TS10 1BR.

*      Attend the consultation event on:

Thursday 8 November – 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm at Tuned In! Majuba Road, Redcar TS10 5BJ.
To book a place please contact Carole Fletcher on (t) 01642 303667 or email carole.fletcher@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk

The deadline for comments to be submitted is 7 January 2013

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