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Website launch puts help and support at people's fingertips

A new website designed to help people in Wolverhampton remain independent for longer has been officially unveiled.

Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member for Adult Services, demonstrates the Wolverhampton Information Network website to Lesley Johnson from Wolverhampton’s Carer Support Team
Councillor Steve Evans and Lesley Johnson

Kuldip Khela demonstrates the Wolverhampton Information Network website to Tony Chilvers, chairman of Mencap Wolverhampton
Kuldip Khela and Tony Chilvers

WIN, the Wolverhampton Information Network - provides details of social care and support services in Wolverhampton, along with organisations which can offer help and guidance on a wide range of issues.

Available via computers and mobile devices, WIN also highlights social and leisure activities in Wolverhampton and offers advice and guidance on finding employment and voluntary work, keeping healthy and safe, claiming benefits, paying for care and getting out and about, including Motability and the Ring and Ride service.

The website has been developed by Wolverhampton City Council with the help of people who need support, their families and carers, and is managed by the library service.

Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: "Wolverhampton Information Network brings together a wealth of information about the various services that are available across in the city.

"The aim is that people who would benefit from help, support and advice in order to remain independent are able to find out what is available locally, and how they can go about accessing it.

"If you use adult social care, health or other help and support services, if you fund your own support, if you want advice about money matters or you simply want to find out what is going on in your local community, you can find all the information and advice in one place.

"It has long been said that knowledge is power, and through WIN we are putting that knowledge in the hands of the people that need it."

He continued: "By helping more people to access early intervention and prevention services - which can be anything from assistive technology around the home to enabling people to get out and about or join a social group - we can help them live independently for longer and reduce their dependency on traditional adult social care services.

"This is especially important with the introduction of the new Care Act, which places much more emphasis on helping people maintain their independence.

"Trying to find out information and support when people are in need of help can often be a difficult process, and we hope Wolverhampton Information Network will prove an invaluable tool for prospective service users and their families who are looking for support."

Wolverhampton Information Network was formally launched at an event at Central Library yesterday (Tuesday 25 March), with local health and social care providers on hand to talk about the services they offer and which are promoted through WIN.

Other providers of care and support services around Wolverhampton are being encouraged to log on to Wolverhampton Information Network and include details of services they provide.

  • released: Wednesday 25 March, 2015