Independent Living Centre set to launch in the borough
An Independent Living Centre, that will help people with care and support needs to live well and as independently as possible is due to launch in the borough from 12 April.
The centre is a joint venture between Telford & Wrekin Council and community partners, including Telford & Wrekin CVS (Council for Voluntary Service), who are the joint leads on the project.
As well as a physical centre near Telford Shopping Centre, the project will also see an online centre on the Council’s website - providing advice on aids and gadgets that both younger and older residents with care and support needs can use to live independently.
Cllr Andy Burford, Telford and Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “Providing the right support to our borough residents with care and support needs is a main priority for our Council.
“We are achieving this through the Independent Living Centre, a really exciting and innovative project. It perfectly complements our existing adult social care services in the borough community, by bringing together, in one place, a joined-up offer for everyone’s independent living needs.
“Thank you to Telford & Wrekin CVS (joint leads on this project) as well as to all community partners and Experts by Experience who are helping us to launch the centre and make it an invaluable community resource”.
The physical centre will offer a broad range of support for people, including advice and the ability to try out aids and equipment to help them live independently. Appointments will be able to be booked from 12 April.
An easy-to-navigate virtual centre will go live online from mid-April and will be accessible to people 24/7. From the comfort of their own homes, they can learn about useful aids and gadgets that can be used within a family setting to help them or their loved ones continue to live as independently as possible.
Debbie Gibbon, of Telford & Wrekin CVS (Council for Voluntary Service), added: “It’s great to have been working together with partners and experts by experience to develop the borough’s Independent Living Centre.
“Together we want to provide information, advice and guidance to people with care and support needs alongside formal assessment where required.
“At the physical centre, we are displaying a range of gadgets to make things a bit easier at home for people to live independently. It also includes assessment rooms for people with a range of needs to have a chat with our experts.
“We have also recreated household spaces, such as a bedroom, bathroom and a kitchen, so someone in a wheelchair, for instance, can see the equipment and adaptations that could be provided to make life easier for them. “
The Telford & Wrekin Independent Living Centre project is part of the Council’s wider strategy of supporting people to keep well and independent in their own homes, to make informed choices about their own care and positively contribute to their local communities.
Photo (front row, left to right): Cllr Andy Burford (Telford and Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care), Debbie Gibbon,Telford & Wrekin CVS (Council for Voluntary Service), Sarah Dillon (Director Adult Social Care, Telford and Wrekin Council)