You might remember that last year, we looked into reviewing some of our Day and Employment Disability Services, with a particular focus on four different projects: Le Cafe; Coverall; PAT; and the cafe at Alyn Waters Country Park.

Many of the changes from that review have taken place – for example, we recently announced that Groundwork will take on the running of the cafe at Alyn Waters.

But with that part of the review complete, we now need your advice and guidance on our next steps and where we might need to make changes to the services we provide at the Cunliffe Centre and the Erlas Garden project


Why is this review happening?

The law around how Social Services work with people has changed. The focus is now on improving individuals’ well-being, and building strong communities which can help support individuals.

We want to make sure that, wherever possible, people can maintain their independence within their own homes and communities. As such, we have to focus on preventing the need for services and developing more support in the community, by the community.

So although this is an adult social care review, it’s really about people and communities – so it’s important we get feedback from as many people as possible.

Even if you don’t have a loved one or relative who uses social care services, chances are you’ll likely have views on care and support and the way things need to go – so it’s important you have your say.

To take part in the review, just head to the page on our Your Voice site.

Cllr Joan Lowe, Lead Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: “With demographics changing, and an increasing emphasis on the need to support individuals in their communities, we are going to have to make changes to the way we deliver social care in the next few years.

“But we can’t do that without public input, as it’s communities which will form an incredibly important part of how social care is delivered in the future.

“With that in mind, I’d advise anyone with an interest in care to take part in the review – it won’t take up more than ten minutes of your time, but we welcome any input and will need people’s views before we can make any definitive changes.”

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