Consultation and engagement findings

Community enabling

During the consultation people welcomed the support and enabling opportunities proposed and the emphasis on community participation, independence, choice and equal access. However, there were a number of significant concerns, including: rural and transport issues; that support is ‘time limited’; the availability of a range of services to cover all needs; and how to ensure the sustainability of community groups.

As a result of this feedback we will be looking to introduce new community enabling opportunities specifically for older people, to support the existing  in-house service for people with a learning and/or physical disability.

Community enabling includes time limited support to an individual that helps them to:

  • Reconnect to previous social networks or by enabling them to form new networks and friendships (lunch clubs, coffee morning, church groups etc…)
  • Supporting and promoting independent living (practical support in the home, handyman scheme, access to benefit advice…)
  • Support access to health, housing, adult learning and employment support
  • Supporting people to develop self-sustainable interest groups and attend community based activities (libraries, leisure facilities, Arts etc…
  • Signposting people to appropriate community and voluntary sector support