Flintshire Community Support Initiative
From 1st October 2018, Flintshire County Council have commissioned KeyRing along with three other organisations to support people with disabilities in Flintshire under a new service structure known as the Community Support Initiative (CSI).
Flintshire CSI places people with disabilities at the centre of all activities, focussing on what matters to people, with a holistic view of the individual’s needs. The support will focus on adults and children with disabilities who do not meet the threshold of requiring formal support plans from social care services and will instead reach adults and children at the earliest opportunity, providing support to prevent their needs escalating.
This will also include individuals without a formal diagnosis of a disability, but where support is required to meet their personal outcomes. The services are also accessible to those receiving formal care and support from the local authority, including their carers.
KeyRing will provide support around ‘Community Enrichment and Transport’. The core aim of the service is to provide adults and children with greater choice and control, independence for active community participation and safe access to transport.
Primary functions of the community enrichment and transport service are to:
- Enable adults and children with disabilities to feel valued and to actively contribute and participate.
- Engage adults and children with disabilities, working with them to recognise and harness their strengths, resources and skills.
- Provide information and advice regarding local transport and facilitate training for safe and equal access to transport.
- Provide advice, resource, practical training and support to help people with disabilities to establish and sustaining projects and initiatives.
- Support the growth of active and sustainable communities, developing initiatives in local communities
- Offer access to technical expertise and support to start up projects and let the communities continue to support them to grow.
The other organisations involved in the partnership are:
Leonard Cheshire - Partnership Coordinator
The core aim of the service is that adults and children have a central point of contact in Flintshire as a way to access local services that can meet their personal outcomes. This is a key role to ensure that all service providers within the new service structure collaborate, innovate and share information to develop and improve services to the benefit of people using services.
Deafness Support Network - Sensory Loss
This service will undertake assessments in relation to orientation, mobility, communication and daily living skills as impacted by sensory loss. It will devise and implement rehabilitation/habilitation plans following assessment. It will also provide communication support and interpreters to assist with short term communication and enable individuals to access Social Care services within Flintshire.
Centre of Sign Sight Sound - Technology and Equipment
The service will provide impartial information and advice regarding equipment and technology, including specific information on the latest technology/ equipment, where to purchase or access the equipment, cost, and how to use it. It will provide tools such as good quality product reviews, user guides and road tests. The service will ensure people with disabilities are better informed and have a greater understanding of new technology that can support their individual needs and meet personal outcomes, listening to what matters to them.
For more information about CSI or the community enrichment and transport service or to make a referral, please contact Pauline Jarvis: firstname.lastname@example.org / 07931 503 117