Consultation launched on learning disability and autism offer

Published Thursday, 8th December 2016
Rotherham Council has launched a formal consultation about what the borough's autism and learning disability offer could look like in the future
Caring for an older person

Rotherham Council has launched a formal consultation this week on what the borough's autism and learning disability offer could look like in the future.

This invites people to give their views on more innovative ways of delivering services which promote independence and choice.

The decision to go ahead with this consultation was agreed at the Cabinet and Commissioners' decision making meeting in November, and will ensure that all interested parties have the chance to have their say.

Rotherham Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Councillor David Roche, said: "We want to hear from as many people as possible including customers, carers, members of the community and families with young people who may use services in the future.

"As part of the consultation we will be exploring how people with a learning disability and/or autism can have access to more opportunities in the community and therefore value your engagement and ideas. We appreciate this will be an anxious time for some customers and carers, so I urge you to take this opportunity to help us shape future services."

The consultation will run until 2 February 2017 and there are a number of ways to get involved including focus groups, drop-in sessions and one to one meetings.

The focus groups will provide an opportunity for people to have a discussion in small groups about their views on choice and control for people with learning disabilities and/or autism and more specifically the option to live more independently within the community. The 'drop-ins' are an opportunity to speak with Council officers and give feedback.

Anyone who would like to have their say can book on one of the consultation events or request a copy of a questionnaire by contacting the Adult Social Care team.

The consultation questionnaire will also be available on the Council website from mid-December.

Call the Adult Social Care team on 01709 582236image