Devon County Council, like all local authorities with social care responsibility, is having to rethink its relationship with the people who receive its support.
It will continue to target of its resources at those people in greatest need, but this has to be in ways which enable that person to be as self-sufficient as possible within the constraints of their circumstances. That requires considering the role of families, friends and informal social networks as sources of support, and the role of local communities in creating environments which enable those local support networks to flourish.
Its overall approach to this challenge is called ‘Promoting Independence’ and in order to inform that approach and its implementation, they want to engage those people with a key role to play in local communities.
It has developed some key principles which underpin the promotion of independence and they want to test those principles and explore what they will look like in practice, so have arranged a series of discussion events accompanied by an online survey.
There will be both daytime and evening events in four locations across the count. If the timing of the events is not convenient and you really want to give your views in person, officers will also be available for a discussion if you drop in between the actual events.
Following the news from the budget statement about additional money being made available for adult social care – all events have been postponed. If you booked a place you will be contacted directly.
In the meantime, they are still keen to hear your views on their principles via their online survey https://new.devon.gov.uk/haveyoursay/consultations/promoting-independence/