£500,000 fund to support older adults in York

 elderly_couple_playing_poker_royalty_free_080816-160588-867042Members of City of York Council’s Executive will be asked to consider plans to invest in schemes to support older and vulnerable adults at a meeting later this month (19 May).

The aim of the £500,000 ‘Community Fund budget’ is to invest in community initiatives which prevent or delay the need for people to access statutory social care provision by supporting the development of community and voluntary sector capacity to identify and respond to local needs.

Local Ward Committees have already been allocated £150,000 over two years and members are being asked to approve plans to create a ‘Community Fund pot’ to support priorities identified by local residents and ward members. Officers from the Communities Team and Adult Social Care would provide support and provide a framework of potential initiatives that would meet the needs of local residents.

Potential initiatives could include:

  • Community transport
  • Befriending/social clubs and activities
  • Local handyperson schemes
  • Falls prevention
  • Good neighbour initiatives/

The Council has previously agreed an approach to help support people with disabilities, mental health needs, older people and their families and carers to:

  • Pursue their personal vision for a good life
  • Stay strong, sage and connected as citizens
  • Find practical, non-service solutions to problems whenever possible
  • Build more welcoming, inclusive and supportive communities.

It’s hoped that the Fund could help to prevent or reduce the demand for costly services where possible and build community capacity and resilience, inline with the council’s plans to focus on early intervention and prevention.

The Executive will also be asked to approve plans to use part of the Community Fund to develop a city-wide approach to key issues, such as Dementia, alongside a new Public Heath Strategy for the city called ‘Well York’.

Councillor Carol Runciman, Executive member for Adult Social Care and Health, City of York Council, said: “We are determined to do all we can to support older and vulnerable adults in York. Crucial to this is our focus on community-based early intervention and prevention work which can delay or prevent the need for people to access more expensive statutory social care. These proposals follow this approach and support a range of projects to address the priorities identified by local residents through our re-established Ward Committee system.”

The proposals are in line with both the Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group’s commissioning approach and the council’s own Public Health objectives.

Executive takes place on Thursday 19 May from 5.30pm and is open to members of the public or is available to watch live online from:www.york.gov.uk/webcasts

To find out more about the report, or to attend, visit:http://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=733&MId=8884&Ver=4

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