People with learning disabilities have the future of their day services secured as Herefordshire Council has this week agreed to award a contract* to registered UK charity, Brandon Trust.
In April, following consultation with service users, carers and families, the council invited tenders from external organisations to run activities based at the following hubs for people with learning disabilities:
St Owen’s hub
Old Priory (Marshfield’s) hub
Following assessment of the bids, the council has decided to award management of all the centres and activities to Brandon Trust, a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity.
Brandon Trust prides itself on providing services designed around individual needs: from living solutions (residential care, supported living, tenancy support and others) to vocational courses, from community and leisure access to employment training and support. It has a wealth of experience in working with people with complex needs, or with profound and multiple learning disabilities.
The council has written to service users, their carers and families, inviting them to meet the new provider over the next few weeks.
Councillor Graham Powell, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said:
“Brandon Trust is a well-established charitable organisation with considerable experience of working with partners to create innovative and person-centred support for people with learning disabilities and autism.
“The Trust is particularly focused on involving family, carers, purchasers and other providers in the design of support services, which is very important to us in Herefordshire.
“We are delighted to be working with the Brandon Trust and look forward to creating more opportunities for people with learning disabilities to participate in a range of activities.”
Director of Operations & Development at Brandon Trust, Jon Minall said:
“Over the last 20 years, Brandon Trust has developed a variety of successful services for people with learning disabilities and autism.
“We have worked in neighbouring county Gloucestershire since 2006 and welcome this new opportunity in Herefordshire. We look forward to working in partnership with all stakeholders using our skills, experience and knowledge to make a positive contribution to people’s lives.
“Following transfer, Brandon Trust’s focus will be on seeking the views of all the people supported and their families on the direction of the day opportunities going forward. We believe that each person we support should be involved in planning their service based on their own needs and aspirations.”
Brandon Trust will be arranging a ‘meet us’ event as soon as possible for all those directly involved to have their say but, in the meantime, if there are any specific concerns, please contact us via our Gloucester area office on 01452 886307 or visit www.brandontrust.org for further information.
*subject to final negotiations