Bournemouth and Poole launch ‘The Big Plan’ to support adults with learning disabilities

Improving quality of life, keeping safe and providing the right care and support are all key areas that people with learning disabilities have said are important and that are being improved and developed as part of ‘The Big Plan’.

The Borough of Poole, Bournemouth Borough Council and Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group have been working to develop and improve services for adults with learning disabilities and have launched ‘The Big Plan’ – a three-year strategy which outlines seven key aims.

The plan sets out how councils and health organisations will work together over the next three years to provide services to people with a learning disability. The Big Plan identifies seven aims that detail the work done, work in progress and work to do. These are:

  • Where I live
  • Staying healthy
  • Having a good life
  • The right care and support
  • Keeping safe
  • Becoming an adult
  • Support for my family

Councillor Karen Rampton, Cabinet Member for Health & Social Care and Housing, Borough of Poole, said: “We’ve been working closely with local people and their carers, plus a range of organisations to help us develop this plan so we can make improvements to health and social care for adults with learning disabilities. It’s so important that we shape our services to ensure they continue to best meet our residents’ needs and I’m delighted to launch The Big Plan which shows our ongoing commitment to provide the very best support to those that need it.”

Councillor Blair Crawford, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Bournemouth Borough Council, said: “There are more than 6,500 people with learning disabilities across Bournemouth and Poole who access our services which include care and practical support to help residents lead full and independent lives. By setting out the key aims to developing our services this gives us clear focus on what work still needs to be done to further improve our services for the future and improve quality of life for our residents.”

Shaun Hayward, Trustee of People First Forum, who was involved in the service user consultation, said: “The Big Plan has given people with learning disabilities a chance to have our voices heard about local services and how they can help us live longer, safe, happy and healthy lives.”

The Big Plan is available in Easy Read format at: www.poole.gov.uk/bigplan

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