Deaf­blind UK starts new groups

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

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.”

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