With just over three weeks to go before residents benefit from the new £3m community wellbeing services, providers met with stakeholders and councillors at a marketplace event held on Tuesday 5 March.
The event saw the ten providers, who will be delivering services for residents from 1 April, begin to build relationships with Council officers, health partners and Council members. The providers now call this selection of services ‘Solihull First for advice and support’.
At the marketplace, providers were able to explain to stakeholders what part of the new arrangements they would be delivering. The event also allowed them to meet each other and look for opportunities to work in partnership or collaboratively.
The marketplace event follows the procurement process undertaken by the Council last year.
The aim of the new arrangements is to support and promote self-care and independence by providing information, guidance and support at key points. This will help reduce demand in the care and health system. Also, by aligning and integrating prevention and early intervention services, the Council can make the most of its resources and simplify the system for residents.
Council officers will continue to work alongside the borough’s other voluntary and community organisations to support them to be sustainable and help them to develop further.
Councillor Karen Grinsell, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said:
“It was great to finally meet all the organisations that will be giving residents support and advice over the coming years. I know they are already working hard to get ready for April and I look forward to getting to know them better in the coming months and years.
“There was a real sense of excitement in the room as the 1 April deadline approaches. I’m pleased to see the organisations already looking at how they can work closely with each other to make sure residents get a seamless service.
“Under the new arrangements residents will continue to go to our community advice hubs in Chelmsley Wood and Solihull and get the advice and support they need.
“This new approach will see over £3m invested in the next three years, while other local authorities have been withdrawing funding for similar services.”
The new areas of work and providers are:
1. Community Advice Hub – (including debt and benefits advice) Age UK Solihull
2. Sensory Services - B.I.D. Services
3. Specialist Employment Service - Ideal for All
4. Older Peoples’ Specialist Provision - Age UK Solihull
5. Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector (VCSE) Infrastructure
support - Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action
6. Carers (of all ages) - Carers Trust Solihull
7. Advocacy Service - Solihull Action Through Advocacy
8. Community Specialist Dementia Services - Alzheimer’s Society
9. Integrated Lifestyle Service - Gateway Family Services
10. Direct Payment Payroll and Managed Accounts - Peopleplus