Adult day centres are a thing of the past as more adults choose to use personal budgets on a wider range of activities: Herefordshire Council wants to make sure there is a broad selection of activities and services available for people to choose from.
The council is working with groups and organisations who work with people who have learning disabilities and older people, to make sure there’s a good range of things on offer in the right place and at the right time to meet people’s needs and aspirations.
Together they are reviewing all the existing activities available across the county, asking people what activities they currently use, what they think of them, what stops them from doing certain activities and what suggestions they night have for activities they’d like to do in the future. The results will help the council and organisations that deliver services, make them more attractive and accessible.
Helen Coombes, director for adult and wellbeing, said: “We want people of all ages and abilities to enjoy happy, active lives and stay independent for as long as possible. To achieve this, we need to really understand what people enjoy participating in at the moment and what they might like to do differently in the future. For example, we know that many people enjoy going to gardening clubs, art and craft sessions and work-based therapies but they might also like to try new things like horse-riding, having a meal out with friends in a pub or taking up new exercises like dancing but not know how to access this type of activity where they live.
“We will gather all this information and share it with groups and organisations so that they can understand and respond to the demands and needs of Herefordshire adults.
“We are extremely grateful to local organisations who are talking to their customers and helping to gather information. But we want to hear from people who don’t use services or participate in activities at the moment as well, so we’ve created an online survey which is available on our website. I would urge anyone currently caring for an adult with learning disabilities, to get involved and complete the survey with the person they care for.”
The survey is available online (http://www.surveys.herefordshire.gov.uk/activities_for_adults_in_herefordshire/) with a closing date of 18 June.