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Adult Social Care - Council encourages local businesses to broaden horizons

Herefordshire businesses are being encouraged to broaden their horizons and seize new business opportunities as the council boosts the range of activities and services available for vulnerable adults across the county.

On the 29th July and  2nd  August, businesses and organisations not traditionally involved as adult social care providers, can find out how they can get involved in transforming the way people choose how they spend their personal budgets on services.

The events take place at The Kindle Centre in Hereford, and are for any organisation, voluntary or private, that could provide a service that improves an adult’s wellbeing, including social, cultural and leisure-based activities.

The events on 29th July and 2nd August, will consist of four one and a half hour sessions as follows:

9.30-11am, Adult Placement and Norfolk House
11.30am-1pm, Reablement
1.30-3pm, Day opportunities and sensory impairment services
3.30-5pm, Community equipment service

Anyone wishing to attend can either book a place by emailing Rachel Horne -rachel.horne@herefordshire.gov.uk, or simply turning up at a session to suit their requirements.

In September, the council will be inviting tenders from providers interested in providing the following services on its behalf:

Day opportunities (activities and support services that people can use their personal budgets to purchase)
Community equipment service (provision of aids and equipment to help people to stay in their home) 
Adult placement scheme (a Care Quality Commission registered scheme that involves placing adults with critical and substantial needs with families in their homes)
Norfolk House sheltered accommodation (very sheltered accommodation scheme based in Leominster)
Reablement (temporary support to help people regain their independence following illness, injury or trauma)

The number of adults who choose to manage their own personal budgets and choose what they buy is growing.  This provides a great opportunity for local businesses, particularly those in the leisure and culture sector, to diversify.

Jo Davidson, director for people’s services, said: “We want people to have more choice and control about the services they use, so we need to broaden the range of organisations and businesses offering services. 

“These events are for potential suppliers new to adult social care, to find out what personalisation is about and how they can get involved.

“We are determined to protect services for vulnerable people and make sure that their needs continue to be well met.  We also want to see the market grow so that people have real quality choices that help them be as independent as possible.”