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CONSULTATION OPEN: Proposals to change Learning Disability Support


Derbyshire County Council plans to transform learning disability support so it focuses on an individual’s strengths to help them achieve personal goals rather than fitting people in to services that are available.

It is seeking your views on their proposals - you have until March 31 to give your views online.

Under the council’s proposals:

  • People who are assessed as having the most complex needs could continue to use suitably equipped day centres to access community activities – although the activities and location offered may change
  • People who are newly-referred to the service but do not have complex needs would be offered one-to-one support to access activities which could include paid work, training or volunteering.
  • Current service users who are not assessed with complex needs can choose to continue using day services.
  • In the future everyone would be assessed under the council’s transport policy and if they are not eligible for support may have to make and pay for their own travel arrangements to and from the day centre.
  • The council would support voluntary and independent organisations to develop a wider range of opportunities available for people with learning disabilities and autism.
  • Redesign work-based day services offered by the council to become employment skills and training hubs. These would offer people the opportunity to receive training and support them into work and, where appropriate, paid employment.

Letters have been sent to everyone who currently uses learning disability services together with a questionnaire which they, their family and carers are asked to complete. A series of events for people who currently attend day services and their relatives and carers to give their views have been held around the county. Two meetings in Chesterfield and Ilkeston are also being held for young people with learning disabilities who are due to move from the support of children’s services.

Contact details for more information

Adult Care Stakeholder Engagement Team, County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3AG.
Telephone: 01629 533365

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