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Voucher scheme initiative 'to tackle social care crisis'

Busy Bees Group founder John Woodward OBE has suggested a social care vouchers scheme

An adult social care vouchers scheme has been put forward by John Woodward OBE, president and founder of the Busy Bees Group, to help solve the social care crisis in the UK. Both Mr Woodward and the organisation were instrumental in lobbying the government to help working families with childcare costs via a non-taxable benefit. The result was the Childcare Voucher scheme which launched in 2005 and has helped more than 600,000 families. Here, John explains how the voucher scheme could work for adults needing care…

For disabled people living in their own homes or in residential care, how is the cost of social care currently being met?

Supported living scheme for disabled adults launched by Baroness Grey-Thompson​

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Baroness Grey-Thompson has officially opened the doors of a new £3m supported living development for vulnerable adults. 

Baroness 'Tanni' Grey-Thompson won a total of 16 Paralympic medals, including 11 golds, held over 30 world records and won the London Marathon six times between 1992 and 2002. 

Bluebell Court, a £3m development of sixteen new apartments in Shiremoor, North Tyneside enables people with physical and learning disabilities to live independently in their own homes.

The scheme was developed by HBV, the specialist supported housing developer and its joint venture partner Morgan Sindall Investments Limited (MSIL). The joint venture is rolling out hundreds of new apartments across the UK for disabled people. 

All fair sailing for Mark

Sail Close

A young man with learning difficulties is enjoying a new lease of life after moving to a supported living service, Sail Close near King’s Lynn.

Since Mark Lowman - who is 27 and has learning difficulties - relocated from a service on the opposite side of town in February, he is ‘a different man’ according to senior support worker Danielle Garrigan.

“Mark was very keen to be living closer to his mum,” said Danielle. “His previous home was 20 miles away, whereas now she’s just around the corner, so that’s a big part of why he’s happier, but that’s not the only reason.

“We’ve given him a lot of personal support and he has settled in quickly at Sail Close, where he’s developing new skills including a much better understanding of how to manage his money.”

Ceejae writes poem about new supported living service

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A young woman with mental health issues who has just moved into a new supported living service is so delighted with her home that she has written a poem about it.

Fairway, near Rochdale, is a much-needed new supported living service for women with learning disabilities and mental health needs. The six-bed newly-refurbished property caters for individuals from local authorities across Rochdale and Manchester. 

Ceejae, 22, has written about how much she values the friendliness of the staff and her new house-mates, finishing her poem with “This place is a dream”. Her poem was also printed in the Regard newsletter.

Mencap lobbies Parliament for disability changes

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Mencap has been working hard to fulfil its mission to create "a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included". Here Rob Holland, Mencap's Public Affairs Manager, discusses the progress which the charity has made in Parliament to improve the lives of people with a learning disability…

Rob says, “The General Election and Brexit has been the main show in Parliament this year, but we have still managed to make some good progress on benefits, apprenticeship and housing!”

 

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Support workers care about Ben's weight

Ben loses weight with care service

Springing into fitness isn’t always easy but a care service is supporting one young man Ben with losing weight by helping him to improve his cooking skills and to do more exercise.

Ben Harling, 29, who has Down’s syndrome, is steadily losing the pounds and hopes to hit his target weight by next spring.

He lives at Manor Barn supported living service in Neston, Cheshire, which is run by the Regard Group – the UK’s fourth biggest private provider of supported living and specialist residential services for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury.