Recognising people as individuals who have strengths and preferences and putting them at the centre of their own care and support, whatever the setting.
Establishing the new employment support model, focused around developing a presumption of employability and ensuring effective tailored support is available for individuals to access.
Transition pathways and process are currently being worked through and support model is in place.
Continue to develop the learning difficulties and mental health community connector initiative, ensuring effective links are made to broader community initiatives, to facilitate access, improve social relationships and reduce isolation.
A coordinator and six volunteers have been recruited and clusters 1 and 4 are now active. The connectors are ensuring that they are in touch with the local communities, GP referrals are being received and people are receiving support. The initiative has now been fully operational for nine months and is meeting delivery targets.
Implement the next phase of the Better Support for Older People Programme, securing the provision of additional ExtraCare Housing in pursuit of the council’s 2016 target and reducing the council’s role as a direct provider of residential care.
We continue to make progress in helping to support the delivery of more ExtraCare housing schemes for older people:
- The 261 unit ExtraCare village at Coldharbour Lane has begun building on site and due for completion in September 2018.
- The Frenchay/Thornbury ExtraCare development proposals remain at early stages of development and due to begin planning discussions in the near future.
- Work is currently underway to enable further ExtraCare schemes to be developed on new neighbourhood sites through the planning process.
We continue to support the delivery of supported housing schemes:
- The scheme at 98 Gloucester Road North, Filton will provide nine flats for people with learning difficulties and one flat to be used as a staff office and guest room. The scheme is on site and due for completion this summer (June 2017).
- Planning permission has been granted and work started on site recently to redevelop The Forecastle, a supported housing scheme for single people, creating 18 self-contained homes.
Implement phase two of the Everybody Matters Mental Health grant programme
Individual programmes have now joined together to form the South Gloucestershire Wellbeing College and in 2016/17 work with just under 500 individuals. The majority of service users reported reduced social isolation and improved wellbeing. This provision is part of our local primary mental health care pathway and links to both talking therapies and the community connector programme.