Nottinghamshire County Council are looking at the way that people are supported during the day and how they are able to access short breaks. This is because people with care and support needs may need help to be part of their community and take part in day activities. We want to help people to live a good life by supporting them to take part in meaningful activities and to access short breaks to help them to maintain their caring role. This supports the Council’s commitment to promote people’s independence and wellbeing
We want to make a plan for how to improve services in the future. We will do this firstly by writing a strategy and we would like your input into this.
Day opportunities can include lots of different activities that people take part in within day services, their local community, volunteering and work, whilst Short Breaks are vital in supporting carers to ensure they get the breaks they need to maintain their health and wellbeing to enable them to continue with the support they provide to the person they care for. Some people arrange services themselves using Direct Payments or by self-funding, other support is arranged by the Council.
The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that services have had to be delivered in more innovative and diverse ways than would previously have been the case and the ongoing risks presented mean it will not be possible to return to how things were for quite some time, if at all. Some building-based services have reopened to deliver Covid-secure support, however the measures needed to ensure a safe environment make the experience quite different as activities and socialising are limited. The recent government announcements about a further extended period of restrictions mean that it is important that we learn from the experiences of people accessing services during this time to help strengthen the offer during this ongoing Covid phase and also to plan for the future. We would like your help to do this.
We know that changes to services due to social distancing measures have likely impacted on both you and the person you care for and we want to make sure that in the future you are supported in the best possible way to meet your needs and outcomes to help you to continue in your caring role. Sharing your opinions will help us with this.
To make sure we have gathered views from across the county to help with our plan we will be asking a wide range of people including people who are supported to access day opportunities and short breaks and their family carers. Firstly, we would like to know what a good day looks like for you and the person you care for. What makes a meaningful day? What would you or they like to do? Is there anything stopping you doing this? How would you like to receive your short breaks? We will then use this information to look at the services we currently have and what we might need to change.
If you are a service user or carer, we will be contacting you by post to invite you to complete a questionnaire. You can also complete the questionnaire online using these links Carer Questionnaire or Service User Questionnaire by 11th October 2020. We will also be inviting people over the coming months to attend online workshops and group sessions which will also include one-to-one contact (via email, video link and telephone).
In the meantime, if you have any questions or want to get in touch please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can discuss this with your current providers who can support you with getting your questions answered.