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Cabinet asked to approve new approach to providing day opportunities

It will be discussed at Cabinet on 29 March

Published 22 March 2022
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A new approach to providing day opportunity services for disabled young people, adults and older people will be discussed by council leaders next week.

Currently the council provides day opportunities for a range of people including those with learning disabilities, autism spectrum conditions, sensory needs, cognitive impairment, dementia and other age-related frailties.

In a recent survey, both people using the services and others who don't, gave feedback on a number of issues, with many saying they want to be active in their communities, be part of mainstream activities and be able to live independently.

At a meeting on 29 March cabinet members will discuss a new model for commissioning day opportunities that takes into account the feedback from people using the services and provides an overarching strategy around how the council works with providers and buys services.

All clubs, groups and organisations will be able to apply to provide the services as part of a new tender exercise, with the provision ready for the summer. Successful providers will be part of the open framework, which will be clearly publicised to customers, carers and practitioners.

Cllr Jane Davies, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: "We want to ensure people have the support they need so they can live well and play an active part in their community. The new approach will ensure we can provide more personalised options that benefit those who most need our support and ensure opportunities are equitable across Wiltshire. Our aim is to ensure residents' social needs continue to be met, either by existing community resources or through providing new services. Having this new strategy will provide a wider range of opportunities.

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