Bournemouth and Poole Councils are asking residents for their opinions on the Big Plan which explains how they will work together to provide health and social care services for adults with learning disabilities.
The Big Plan has 12 Big Aims to support people to live healthier, safer and more independent lives. These include amongst others, promoting greater choice and control over the support people receive, access to better quality health care and health screening, more choice and better information about where people can live and supporting people to develop the right skills to find employment.
People have until 10 February to take part in the consultation. Responses will help shape the plans of the two local authorities, along with NHS Bournemouth and Poole, to develop learning disability services to meet local needs, ensuring they reflect what the people of Bournemouth and Poole have told us. The Big Plan will be published in the early summer.
Anyone wishing learn more about The Big Plan and have their say, can visit The Big Plan webpage and complete the online survey. Alternatively, they can telephone 633646 and request a copy of The Big Plan and questionnaire to be sent by post.
Cllr Peter Adams, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care, Borough of Poole, said: "This consultation is crucial to shaping the future services we provide for adults with learning disabilities across Poole and Bournemouth. It’s important to us to know what local people think about our plans. We will listen carefully to what residents have to say and take their opinions on board when finalising the Big Plan."
Cllr Lynda Price, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, Bournemouth Borough Council, said: "I’d encourage people to let us know what they think. We hope the plans will make a real difference to the lives of people with a learning disability and their carers by enabling the right support to be available. One of the key advantage of working together with our neighbouring Council and the NHS means we can be more efficient and more co-ordinated in our approach for the benefit of our residents."
There are an estimated 4.,600 adults living with a learning disability across Bournemouth and Poole. Many live healthy independent lives, but a significant number need additional care and support.
Two consultation events have already been held with over 120 people with learning disabilities, carers and people working with or for people with learning disabilities giving their views.