Shaping the future of adult social care

Solihull Council has recently launched an exciting new initiative aimed at empowering individuals to actively participate in shaping the future of adult social care in the borough. The “Get Involved” project is designed to harness the expertise and experiences of those with firsthand knowledge of care and/or caring. By involving a diverse range of individuals, the Council aims to ensure that their services meet the needs and expectations of the community.

Councillor Tony Dicicco, the cabinet member for Adult Social Care and Health, emphasises that “Involving people who have first-hand experience of care and support is the best way to ensure that our services meet people’s needs and expectations.  And the more people we can involve the better, because that diversity gives us a richer insight into what’s needed.”

The Council is not only reaching out to individuals currently receiving support from them but also to those who arrange and pay for their own care. It is important to include this group as they may not have direct contact with the Council. By registering their interest, individuals can indicate which topics are of particular interest to them, such as support for people with dementia, supported employment, or how to stay independent at home. The Council is eager to hear from anyone who wants to contribute.

Coinciding with the launch of the Get Involved project, the Council has established the Learning Disability Partnership BoardComprised of individuals with learning disabilities and carers, this board will use their personal experiences and expertise to influence various topics within adult social care. Employment, independent living, health, and wellbeing are just a few of the areas where their voices will be heard.

Richard Clarke, the chair of the Learning Disability Partnership Board, is enthusiastic about the potential impact of this initiative. “We want to make a difference and help people with learning disabilities live a better life.  By bringing together people with lived experience of disabilities, Council officers and partners we’re strengthening the local network.  It’s all about getting voices together to be as one.”

The launch of Solihull Council‘s Get Involved project and the establishment of the Learning Disability Partnership Board marks an exciting step towards shaping the future of adult social care in the borough. By actively involving individuals with lived experience, the Council aims to create services that truly meet the needs and expectations of the community. This inclusive approach ensures that diverse perspectives are considered, resulting in a richer understanding of what is required in the field of adult social care. Together, the Council and the community can work towards a better future for all.

Richard (standing second from right), Cllr Dicicco (seated second from right) and members of the Learning Disability Partnership Board
Richard (standing second from right), Cllr Dicicco (seated second from right) and members of the Learning Disability Partnership Board

By actively involving individuals with lived experience, the Council aims to create services that truly meet the needs and expectations of the community. This inclusive approach ensures that diverse perspectives are considered, resulting in a richer understanding of what is required in the field of adult social care. Together, the Council and the community can work towards a better future for all.

You can register by following the link below.

The link will take you to the Get Involved project on the Council’s new engagement platform, Your Voice Solihull. There you’ll find more information including frequently asked questions and our Get Involved strategy, which sets out the shared approach to adult social care we want you to be a part of.

If you prefer to register your interest in person please email our Engagement Team: getinvolved@solihull.gov.uk 

Or ask for a Get Involved registration form at our libraries or community advice hubs.

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