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Have your say over development of disability services

People in Wolverhampton are being encouraged to have their say about proposed changes to the short breaks service and day opportunities for adults with a disability.

Wolverhampton City Council has launched a 12 week consultation on the proposals, which it says will provide a more cost effective service which continues to meet the needs of its customers and makes better use of the resources available in the city.

The short breaks service, which provides overnight accommodation for people with a disability - and at the same time offers a period of respite for carers - is currently provided at Ernest Bold Court in Bilston and Swan Bank in Penn.

However, neither facility is operating to its full capacity, supporting an average of 6 people per night in centres which could support up to 12.

Therefore, the council proposes to concentrate its overnight provision of adult short breaks at Ernest Bold Court only, with Swan Bank potentially being used for other social care provision instead. It also wants to encourage people to use other short break opportunities available in the city.

The council is also proposing to change the way it provides some of its day opportunities by making greater use of newer, more modern venues around the city, such as Action for Independence, the Brickkiln Centre, Neil Dougherty Centre, Pendeford Community Hub and Blakenhall Healthy Living Centre.

It also plans to offer a greater range of enablement, employment and community based activities to people with a disability.

People can find out more about the proposals, and have their say, at one of a number of consultation events taking place over the next few weeks, including:

  • Neil Dougherty Centre, Masefield Road, Tuesday 23 June from 9.30am to 11.30am and 12.30pm to 2.30pm
  • Committee Room 1, Civic Centre, St Peter's Square, Monday 29 June from 5pm to 7pm
  • Action for Independence (A4I), Albert Road, Wednesday 29 July from 9.30am to 11.30am and 12.30pm-2.30pm.

People can also have their say by completing the relevant short questionnaire at Consultation on changes to Adult Short Breaks or Consultation on improvements to All Age Disability Day Opportunities, or by emailing comments to participation.team@wolverhampton.gov.uk or phoning 01902 551040.

Councillor Elias Mattu, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Adults, said: "It's important that service users and their families take part in this consultation and have their say about the ongoing development of day services and short breaks provision in Wolverhampton, as we want to make sure that the services we provide best meet their needs.

"The changes that are proposed are designed to meet the requirements of the new Care Act, which encourages the personalisation of services by giving people greater control over the support they receive, and also enable us to continue providing an excellent range of services for people with a disability while ensuring they are as cost effective as possible."

The closing date for comments is 28 August, 2015.

  • released: Friday 19 June, 2015