Wokingham Borough Council has boosted its adult social care prevention programme working with the voluntary, community and faith sector (VCFS) by an additional £280,000 from this year to £2.1million in 2022/23.
The council’s Adult Social Care Strategy and its Voluntary and Community Sector Strategy outline the importance of prevention services in supporting its residents to improve their health and wellbeing and aiming to prevent, reduce and delay the need for formal care and support.
Following a robust procurement process, the council intends to award some 28 contracts to the VCFS and contracts will be in place by April 2022.
The funding has been allocated across a wide range of prevention services including wellbeing and mental health support, dementia support, social isolation, emergency respite, home from hospital, gardening and handyperson services and advocacy services to name just a few. There are also contracts to support those residents with learning disabilities, hearing and sight impairments, carers and young carers.
This latest £280,000 investment is in addition to the grants and contracts worth £1.8 million awarded in 2021 with VCFS organisations to provide prevention services to adults, bringing the total investment in this area to £2.1million.
Rich and vibrant voluntary sector
Cllr Charles Margetts, executive member for health and wellbeing and adults services, said: “One of Wokingham Borough’s key strengths is its rich and vibrant voluntary sector. For many years it has provided outstanding service to our residents and in particular, improved the lives of many vulnerable people.
“Our Voluntary and Community Sector Strategy recognises the importance of acknowledging this while outlining clearly how we intend to work with the sector going forward. This additional investment will deliver a programme of services that are designed to work cohesively to prevent, reduce and delay the need for formal care and support and ensure better outcomes for vulnerable people.
“I am very proud of the partnership we have with the VCFS community here in the Wokingham Borough and look forward to building on from the positive work that’s taken place in recent years to improve the lives of so many of our residents.”
The voluntary and community sector strategy priorities include specifically working in partnership and building capacity of the VCFS, whilst commissioning services in-line with strategic priorities that deliver quality and value for money.
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