Wokingham Borough Council is writing a plan for people working in adult social care and is inviting residents who use adult social care services and carers to help shape the council’s strategy. There are various ways people can get involved, including taking part in an event, which takes place at the Bradbury Community Centre on Wednesday 22 September.
The council’s workforce plan will help ensure that Wokingham borough has people working in adult social care with the right skills, qualities, knowledge, and attitudes. The workshop will allow residents to voice their experiences of care and support, and views about what quality support should entail. People can also opt to contribute their views via a feedback form or attend a ‘virtual’ event from home.
Following the publication of the Adult Social Care strategy (2020-2025), the council proudly launched ‘social care that CAN…’, a transformation programme that sets out to achieve the council’s vision and priorities. The council’s priorities include: keeping people safe, preventing, reducing and delaying the need for formal care and support, involving people in their care and support, and working in partnership and commissioning services that deliver quality and value for money.
Executive member for adult social care and public health Cllr Charles Margetts said: “The last eighteen months have been incredibly challenging, but the pandemic has also taught us how we can achieve so much more when we work together to solve problems and make improvements.
“Wokingham Borough Council is committed to developing and sustaining this approach in Adult Social Care. With this is mind, we have launched an initiative to better engage with our customers, residents and partners. This way of working, known as co-production, aligns to our corporate priorities of improving customer experience and ensuring our customer is at the heart of all we do. We want people who draw on social care to have a real influence in how care and support is provided in this area. As a starting point, we are inviting people to help us create a plan for the adult social care workforce.”
The council is keen to hear from people with lived experience of its adult social care services and carers, as part of its commitment to ensure that current and future services continue to meet the needs of the local community.
To find out more or to get involved, contact Jodie Reichelt on: 07710 117 651 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Carol Stewart on: email@example.com
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