Change in the way LD services are delivered

Learning disabilities Published Thursday, 8th November 2018

Provision of day services for adults with learning disabilities is going to be delivered in a different way in Wyre Forest.

The Wyre Forest Connect Long-term Learning Disability Day Service is set to close due to the current low level of usage, subject to cabinet approval.

The service in Blackwell Street, Kidderminster is currently accessed by five people and alternative provision elsewhere in Wyre Forest for these individuals has already been identified.

Councillor Adrian Hardman, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Adult Social Care, said: "We know that over the years this service has been well used by vulnerable adults and their carers.

"But with only five people using the service now on a regular basis, it's not proving good value for money for the County Council. Also, there is lots of alternative provision available in the area that can better meet people's needs."

From January to April 2018, a large-scale pre-consultation engagement exercise on all of the County Council's day services was carried out with people using services, family carers, staff and other stakeholders to explore options for the future delivery of the services.

Cabinet received a report in June 2018 which showed the results of the pre-consultation engagement and approved the commencement of formal consultation on the option to close Wyre Forest Connect Long-term Learning Disability Day Service.

Subject to Cabinet approval on Thursday, November 15, it will close from 1 April 2019.