Changes to day centre services approved
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Members of the Adults and Housing Committee today (November 6) approved proposals which will see a South Gloucestershire Dementia Service created by merging council services at the Maple Suite in Kingswood with the existing facility at Cambrian Green in Yate.
Those who visit the centre will continue to be offered a range of well-structured, stimulating activities that are designed around the interests and needs of service users. The new service will make better use of the available space at Cambrian Green and activities within the wider community, including the use of an allotment at Coalpit Heath.
Members also approved plans to commission a Shared Lives scheme and a Supported Employment service from the independent sector.
As part of our ongoing review into how we organise and provide services, day centre service users and their carers were consulted about what activities they like to do during the day. Overall, the feedback is that residents want day services which offer genuine choice to do activities that interest them, with people who share the same interests and who are of a similar age.
They also said they wanted to feel part of community life and see improvements made to support people with the potential to work or take on volunteering roles. Services have been reshaped to reflect the changing needs of service users.
Cllr Matthew Riddle, Chair of Adults & Housing Committee, said: “We want to make sure that everyone in South Gloucestershire has the best possible quality of life, feels part of a community and has the opportunity to develop their creativity, employment opportunities and social life. The number of older people is rising in South Gloucestershire and we need more flexible day services that focus on individuals’ needs to maximise their independence and achieve the outcomes that are important to them.”
A copy of the report and the consultation feedback document is available on the website at www.southglos.gov.uk
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