New fund­ing life­line for dis­abil­ity cen­tres

Coun­cil’s re­prieve for un­der-threat ser­vices

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Chris Tay­lor

13.10.2017 Fam­i­lies fight­ing to save dis­abil­ity ser­vices have been told they will re­main open into next year.

Ca­pa­bil­ity Scot­land in­sists doors will not close after ex­tra cash was found.

Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil handed ac­tivists a re­prieve by agree­ing to fund the sites into the spring.

Coun­cil­lor Jacque­line Cameron, chair­per­son of the Ren­frew­shire Health and So­cial Care In­te­gra­tion Joint Board, in­sists cam­paign­ers will be sup­ported no mat­ter what hap­pens.

She said: “We have lis­tened to the con­cerns of car­ers and ser­vice users, who voiced their con­cerns around the clo­sures and the pace of change for their fam­ily mem­bers.

“We have com­mu­ni­cated with car­ers through­out and en­sured their voice was heard and I thank them for their pa­tience on this.

“Agree­ment has been made to se­cure ex­tra fund­ing to ex­tend the ser­vice while an al­ter­na­tive so­lu­tion is sought.

“Ser­vice users have told us how im­por­tant day cen­tres are to them.

“They en­joy the friend­ships they have de­vel­oped, the op­por­tu­nity to learn new skills and they have asked that ser­vices re­main lo­cal to them.

“We will con­tinue to work to pro­vide a tai­lored ser­vice that meets the out­comes that mat­ter to them.

“This has been our pri­or­ity since day one.”

Ca­pa­bil­ity Scot­land re­vealed cen­tres at White­haugh, in Pais­ley, and West Lane Gar­dens, in John­stone, would close due to lack of funds ear­lier this year.

Ren­frew­shire Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship met last month and agreed to keep ser­vices go­ing un­til Jan­uary.

But this has been extended un­til April after fur­ther money was set aside.

Coun­cil­lor Derek Bibby, mem­ber for John­stone North, Kil­barchan, How­wood and Lochwin­noch, led calls for an in­ter­ven­tion to save the ser­vices.

Lo­cal au­thor­ity chiefs have also launched a search to find a care provider will­ing to step in long-term.

Coun­cil leader Iain Ni­col­son says ef­forts are be­ing made to make sure fam­i­lies are pro­vided for.

He said: “This is­sue is one that the whole coun­cil felt was im­por­tant to get be­hind as it im­pacted on a num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als and ser­vices that are im­por­tant to them.

“The coun­cil, as a part­ner to the Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship, has been ac­tively work­ing to en­sure that the nec­es­sary time and re­sources re­quired were avail­able.

“I am de­lighted that the coun­cil has fa­cil­i­tated and as­sisted in that as­pect.

“We will con­tinue to work with the Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship to en­sure any way we can that good out­comes are achieved for the ser­vice users and their fam­i­lies.”

The Ca­pa­bil­ity Scot­land cen­tres of­fer sup­port to adults and young peo­ple with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties.

Cam­paign­ers have writ­ten to each of Ren­frew­shire’s 43 elected mem­bers ask­ing them to find a so­lu­tion to the clo­sures – in­clud­ing one man who has been us­ing the ser­vice for 52 years.

Around 20 work­ers have also been left fear­ing for their jobs after it was an­nounced the ser­vices would be axed.

Coun­cil­lors have called for an update at an Ren­frew­shire Health and So­cial Care In­te­grated Joint Board meet­ing on Novem­ber 24.

Ac­tion sta­tions Coun­cil­lor Derek Bibby spoke out on be­half of wor­ried fam­i­lies

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