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Council to review day service opportunities to offer a ‘strength-based’ approach

At its upcoming meeting, Cabinet is due to hear about plans to reshape services currently provided at Goscote as part of the continued development of the All-Age Disability Hub.

The council will seek permission to formally consult with residents and stakeholders to help to reshape and develop a new and improved model of support for providing support based in local communities. This is particularly important to consider as services are being reviewed and re-set following disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A strength-based approach to providing support means to look at what people with disabilities are able do rather than focusing on what they can’t. This new way of looking at how people are supported will means that they will have more choice and access to a wider range of support within their local community including an opportunity to access mainstream support for example leisure services based on their particular needs.

Councillor Rose Martin, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care, Walsall Council said, “As a council we recognise the importance of developing and supporting our communities to ensure that they are resilient.

“It is key that support is developed and tailored in consultation within the local community to meet the specific needs of local residents.”

“Social care is moving more and more towards recognising peoples’ strengths and abilities rather than on what they are not able to do and to also give them more choice and control over the support they receive.”

“Not only will a new model allow them to fully integrate into their local community and be supported to access mainstream activities, they will also be able to more easily access specialist community resources, increasing independence.”

Currently those that access day services at Goscote include older people, people with dementia, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, sensory impairments, autism and mental health needs.

Cabinet has already seen reports based on a strength-based practice, detailing the benefits of this approach in May 2019 and September 2019.


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