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Update on Day Opportunities for adults with learning disabilities

Published Thursday, 5th November 2020

Resource Centres for adults with learning disabilities in Worcestershire will temporarily close from today (Thursday) as the country enters into a new period of lockdown.

Support will still be available for those who need it the most but the centres themselves will have to close, following the latest Government guidance and to keep vulnerable people safe.

 

Councillor Adrian Hardman, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “It’s such a shame as our Resource Centres have only recently opened again following the first lockdown in March.

 

“But we are following Central Government guidance and it’s in the interests of keeping people safe and that’s our number one priority.

 

“We will see what happens at the end of this four-week period and hopefully if Covid numbers fall across the country, then we will be able to reopen the centres again. But of course we will have to see.”

 

Staff will continue to stay in touch with individuals, as they have done since late March, providing welfare checks, collecting shopping if needed and supporting people to get out in the community.

 

The County Council currently provides a variety of day services for around 207 individuals.

 

These are delivered from four Resource Centres in Wyre Forest, Bromsgrove, Worcester and Pershore for adults with complex needs and from five Connect Services in Droitwich and Bromsgrove, Redditch, Worcester, Malvern and Evesham for those with less complex needs.

Connect Centres have remained closed since March due to difficulty with social distancing in these buildings for staff and individuals.

 

Resource Centres operate Monday to Friday and provide a variety of building-based activities for people including support with personal care, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language support, behaviour support and psychology support.

 

Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet recently approved a comprehensive review of its day opportunities for adults with a learning disability.

The review will also consider the County Council’s learnings from the challenges presented by Covid-19.