Deafblind UK starts new groups
A PETERBOROUGH charity has launched two social enterprises to run its services.
Deafblind UK, which has its head office in Hampton, launched About Me (Care and Support Ltd) at the end of last month.
It is a subsidiary of the national charity and was started partly as a response to the number of questions from councils about care for people who are deaf, blind or both. It will offer alternatives to residential care.
At the same time the charity started About Me Brokerage, which is partly funded by the Department of Health and offers advice and support to help people take control of their own care plan.
All profit made by About Me will be reinvested back into the organisation or gifted back to Deafblind UK.
Jeff Skipp, chief executive of Deafblind UK and About Me, said: “Transferring the management of contracted services from Deafblind UK to About Me has very real advantages to the charity on an operational and funding level and will enable many more people to benefit from the expert services that we offer.
“It allows both parts of the organisation to focus on the elements of service delivery in which they excel.”