Recovery plan launched for services for adults with learning disabilities
Services for adults with learning disabilities will undergo a major transformation in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
A modern, exciting and digital-led service will provide fresh opportunities and increase independent living.
Telford & Wrekin Council’s My Options service has developed a number of new ways of delivering day activity services to tackle the continuing impacts of the pandemic.
It has also developed new ways of including direct support in the community and in people’s homes as part of the new offer.
With restrictions and social distancing measures in place, a fresh approach to developing skills has had to be developed.
The new way of working will see more homebased activities, making use of the latest technology and online get-togethers, providing top quality support, enabling people to reach their goals, while also staying safe.
Councillor Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “Coronavirus has had a major impact on many of our services, council wide.
“But we are really pleased to have responded and will be launching a modern service which will allow learners to get the best support, enhance independent living and also ensure their safety.
“We have been discussing what people want to do, how they want to do it and what support they need to achieve this.
“Current Government guidance around social distancing and health and safety means that services are having to change – it simply will not be possible to offer the same kind of service as we used to.
“But our My Options team have worked hard to ensure that they have adapted to present a new co-ordinated programme of activities for people to get involved in.
“This will include developing skills in using technology safely, independent living skills, looking after yourself, getting active, getting creative, connecting with friends and local communities and Stepping into Work.”
Councillor Burford added that for those who require direct support, the council is looking at how it can best provide this to people in their own homes and communities, and where safe to do so, linking friends who live local to each other.
Day activity services at Lakewood Wellbeing Centre, Wellington, Southwood Activity Hub in Hollinswood and the Skills and Enterprise Hub in Horsehay were suspended when the country was placed in lockdown.
The council is working closely with its Health and Safety advisors and Public Health England to fully understand all Government guidance in relation to building based day activity services and what it can provide, ensuring the safety of people using the service and our staff.
Measures the authority needs to put in place are extensive and will mean the numbers that can be accommodated within buildings under the current Government guidance will be extremely limited and therefore will be prioritised for those people with the highest level of need.
Councillor Burford added: “The My Options service continues to be committed to deliver a quality, safe service to all people using the service, whilst offering support to enable people to achieve their goals and aspirations and keep connected.
“We will continually engage with families and carers during this time.”