Wednesday, 21 March 2012

News: Update on Hyndburn adult disability day service

Lancashire County Council has refurbished Enfield Day centre and aims to consolidate services on that site clsoing Hyndburn Resource Centre and the service it provides at Scatiliffe Community Centre.

I am concerned that the closure should not become a boarded up eyesore like Peel House [NHS]. The County promise the centre "will be considered for alternative community use". I will be writing to County to find out their plans and what progress they expect to make in re-using this building.

Background
Lancashire County Council has recently invested £17.5 million across the county to make adult disability day services better equipped to provide modern facilities for the most complex and vulnerable people who are in need of personal social care or requiring shorter term specialist rehabilitation. In the Hyndburn area there has been a substantial financial investment to rebuild and refurbish our Enfield building which will provide shared resources for people with learning disabilities and people with physical disabilities or sensory impairment.  

Hyndburn Resource Centre, Accrington was identified as a temporary base and individuals and families were consulted and kept updated about the move. The learning disability service (LD) and physical disability or sensory impairment service (PDSI) which had been at Enfield merged to become Hyndburn Adult Disability Day Service at Hyndburn Resource Centre on 9 May 2011. This followed a period of transition and visits between both services. All parents had an open invite to visit Hyndburn Resource Centre.

The county council's focus on the personalisation agenda within adult social care has resulted in less people attending. This is because some people have decided to either move onto other providers or take up self directed supports using their own personal budget. This has allowed us to focus more on supporting people with long term complex needs or those requiring specialist rehabilitation following an accident, illness or long term condition. Future supports will include offering personal and social care and support, both within our buildings and out in local communities.

Enfield is currently being refurbished and the state of the art facilities will include:

·         Prayer/Faith room
·         Kitchen/life skills area with split level worktops and hobs - with separate utensils for ladies group to meet cultural needs
·         ICT facilities
·         Art and craft room
·         Interactive sensory room
·         Sensory bathroom
·         Outdoor courtyard/garden space
·         Separate base area for the ladies group - with its own entrance and far more floor space
·         Functional kitchen and dining room
·         Disabled bathroom facilities and wet room plus one for the ladies group only
·         Lounge area
·         Storage facilities
·         Locker room for personal belongings.

People will also have a greater range of choices available for in-house activities in addition to ongoing community based activities. It is hoped that it will open late June/early July of this year.

Service users affected
All people currently eligible for services will be able to use the new facility.
This includes:
·         The people who currently  use Hyndburn Resource Centre
·         A few people have been using other services in East Lancashire as we couldn't support them at Hyndburn. They will begin a transitional return over the coming months. We will meet with the individuals and their families to agree the best way of doing this.  
Ladies only service - Adeela Opportunities Ladies Group, Scatcliffe Community Centre, Accrington. There will also be 14 ladies joining from Adeela along with the staff that support them. In 2007 a ladies only satellite service for individuals from Enfield was established at Scaitcliffe Community Centre, Accrington. This provided a culturally appropriate service for females from the Ethnic Minority Community, in addition to other ladies who chose to use the service. However, the facilities in the community centre have not met the changing needs of the people we support and the size of the room has restricted the potential for developing people's opportunities further.

Communication with user groups
The people who use these services and their parents/carers have been regularly briefed about the forthcoming changes and the news has been very well received. Visits have been arranged for people who use our service to visit Temple Street in Burnley so they can look round a recently refurbished building to see the high standard of the work and get an idea of how their own service will look. Plans for the refurbished Enfield have been shared and comments have been taken on board.
A meeting was held with the manager of Scaitliffe Community Centre to explain the reasons for relocating Adeela and he is very supportive. Separate briefings are being held on an ongoing basis for the ladies who attend Adeela and their families and everyone is delighted and positive about the move.
Transport will need to be re-commissioned and new arrangements are in progress.

Future of other buildings
An item will be submitted to the Cabinet Member requesting authorisation to close the Hyndburn Resource Centre building as soon as the new building is in use and all individuals are satisfied with their new support arrangements. No other groups currently use the building. As with other buildings that have been vacated, it is likely that Hyndburn will be considered for alternative community use, as has happened recently following the closure of the Marsden Centre in Nelson.
Scaitliffe Community Centre management is already showing prospective 'renters' round the rooms we used to rent for Adeela.

There will be an Open Day on Thursday 19 April from10.30am - 7pm - all welcome! We will have the plans, updated photographs and a DVD of the work to date. Staff will be on hand to answer any questions.

For more information please contact Marie Blomley, Locality Manager Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Adult Disability Day Service on 07557030656 or marie.blomley@lancashire.gov.uk