The Oakhaven elderly persons home on York Road has remained largely unused for over 5 years.
The closure of the home was controversial with the relatives of those resident there told that the site was needed for immediate redevelopment.
That proved not to be the case,
The Council finally agreed in November 2020 to a recommendationwhich said
“That approval be given to dispose of Oakhaven for the consideration set out in Annex 1 to the report in an off market sale with a backstop date for completion of 12 weeks and, should this backstop date not be achieved, to bring a further report back to Executive”.
As no further report was forthcoming it was assumed that the sale had gone through?
Apparently that isn’t the case.
We are led to understand that discussions with the prospective purchaser (Burlington Care Limited) are still continuing. A legal sale contract has been drawn up but completion could be delayed further pending a determination of a planning application for the redevelopment the site.
There are several outstanding questions..
When can residents expect to see work on site start?
When will it be completed?
Will there be a sale condition which requires development within a specified timeframe?
York taxpayers will be keen to see this saga brought to a conclusion. Any income from the sale can be used to reduce the Councils huge mountain of debt.
Those seeking a new home will reflect that, had the site been put on the market 3 or 4 years ago, then a development could have been completed by now.
Residents with multiple and complex needs could benefit from 53 new units of specialist mental health housing and support in the city.
Housing with the right support is an integral part of the city’s health and social care partners’ commitment to a community approach to mental health and wellbeing. This plan will improve the city’s ability to provide the right housing with the right support at the right time, leading to improved outcomes for those who need it.
It proposes creating two new specialist mental health supported housing schemes developed and delivered by specialist partners. The proposed sites are the council-owned Woolnough House, off Hull Road, and Crombie House in Acomb. Each scheme will have 24/7 on-site staffing to support ten residents, as well as providing support to another six satellite flats near each scheme. A total of 32 specialist mental health supported housing places will be created.
In addition, 21 Housing First places will be created for people with multiple and complex needs. Housing First is an internationally recognised and evidence-based model of housing and support for those with long term housing, health and social care needs. It provides individuals with permanent housing with personalised, intensive wraparound support to help them develop and retain their independence, and maintain a tenancy.
There will be a range of options available to people using these schemes, offering varying levels of independence and support, and allowing them to progress at a pace that’s right for them. Personalised support will be provided to help each individual:
develop their practical skills
engage with their local community
gain confidence to achieve their goal of living independently.
The proposal will be discussed at a meeting next week click
Customers at a City of York Council day service for people with learning disabilities have released a new Christmas song called ‘This Christmas morning’ to help lift everyone’s spirits!
At the Community Base at Tang Hall Community Centre, customers, local residents and volunteers helped to write, sing and record the song, and also took part in directing and starring in the accompanying video.
Supported by staff from across the base, this new creative experience adds to the many already on offer.
Cllr Carol Runciman, executive member for adult social care and health said: “It’s wonderful that so many customers have taken up this opportunity for a new, creative experience. I know staff have put in a lot of work to make this happen and had lots of fun with it too.
“I’m sure the song will be on many people’s playlists for Christmases to come!”
Sarah Bentham, a support worker at the community base who led the project, said: “I thought that the customers would enjoy all the stages: from writing the words to the song, to the singing and recording process, and also directing and starring in the music video.
“But most of all, the project was to offer new experiences, make something that the customers could keep and be proud of and, more than anything, spread some Christmas cheer.”
City of York Council is urging local residents to help change a child’s life in 2019 by fostering.
With around 150 children and young people being supported by foster carers in York at any time, the authority is always looking for new foster carers to join the team.
Fostering involves looking after children in a safe and secure environment when they can’t live with their own families.
And as James Lee, from the council’s Fostering Team, explains, they’re not looking for just one type of carer:
“The children and young people who need our care are from a wide range of backgrounds and have very differing needs, so we need foster carers with different experiences and skills to help them. Many people consider fostering when their own children have left home and they have a bit more time and space, while others foster young people alongside their own children. If you have experience of living or working with children and young people, either in a work setting or at home, and think you might be able to help then please do get in touch.”
A draft Local Plan agreed for submission in 2011 would have seen 575 homes per annum built in the City.
Labours “Big City” approach alternative was floated in 2013. It would have seen the City grow by 25%. Many of the houses would have been built in the Green Belt, which would have been damaged irreparably. The plan never reached the public inquiry stage.
During the last three
years an average of 1131 additional homes have been provided in the City each
This compares to an average, over the last 10 years, of 652.
The latest Local Plan – still not adopted – envisages 790 homes a year being provided. This is still much higher than ONS projects say is necessary and would require a sustained growth in jobs, the scale of which has not been not seen since the Industrial Revolution.
Labours manifesto still
advocates building in the Green Belt.
The number of York residents supported at home through care package is around 1800. About 650 residents are admitted to nursing or residential care each year. The figures are stable
Over the last 18 months the numbers of delayed discharges from hospital resulting from unavailable “care in the community” facilities has fluctuated between 4 and 11 patients.
There have been delays in the Councils elderly persons new accommodation strategy. Although some homes have closed, there has been little progress “on site” in building new facilities at Oakhaven, Lowfield, Haxby etc.
National disability organisation, AccessAble is launching a free app to give visitors and residents of York high-quality accessibility information they can access whilst out and about.
Long-term partner of City of York Council and provider of detailed access guides, AccessAble have created a new mobile app which aims to transform the quality and availability of accessibility information.
The app provides detailed access guides to 10,000s of places across the UK and Ireland. Crucially each guide is created by locations having been visited by an AccessAble surveyor and local people with accessibility requirements, who can collect over 1,000 pieces of information for just one venue.
The app itself can display facts, figures and photographs as well as step-by-step descriptions of what accessibility is like at a particular location. Users can create their own account and save favourite places and filter their preferences depending on their accessibility needs.
City of York Council has apologised after being found at fault by the local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) for not providing appropriate supervision for the parents of a child in its care in hospital and for not responding to their complaint quickly enough.
The council has already fully accepted all the recommendations made by the Ombudsman.
Maxine Squire, Interim Corporate Director for Children, Education and Communities, City of York Council, said: “We are extremely sorry for the distress caused and have apologised unreservedly to the family.
“We fully accept the Ombudsman’s findings and recommendations. We have already taken action to ensure that lessons are learnt from this case and that our procedures are improved.”
The council will make a formal response to the Ombudsman on actions that have been taken after considering a report from the LGSCO at a meeting on 29 November.
The council has already carried out the following recommendations from the Ombudsman:
An apology has been made to the complainants for the failure to review supervision arrangements for their child and for the delays in dealing with their complaint.
The complainants have been paid £2000 for the distress caused.
The council has reviewed its policies to ensure that supervision arrangements can be made available for relatives visiting looked after children in hospital.
The council has contacted the out-of-area hospital and council involved in the case to develop closer working relationships for when looked after children receive treatment outside York.
The authority is currently reviewing the training needs of council officers at all levels in relation to the statutory complaints process and the handling of statutory children’s complaints to ensure that they are being dealt with in line with statutory timescales, as per the Ombudsman’s recommendations.
Copies of the Ombudsman’s report are available from West Offices, Station Rise, YO1 6GA for three weeks from 9 November until 30 November 2018 or from www.lgo.org.uk
The council’s new approach to adult social care has been given unanimous approval by customers, as the next Talking Point opens on Thursday 25 October at York Explore.
Residents needing support and help can visit social care staff at the library between 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm every Thursday, for both drop-in support and pre-booked appointments.
The service gives residents earlier access to face-to-face conversations with adult social care staff, closer to where they live at Talking Points. These conversations help identify issues allowing staff to refer residents to a wide variety of appropriate support, from physiotherapists to opticians, to local activities and resources.
This quicker, tailored and highly effective access to information, advice and support started at Talking Points which opened at Lidgett Grove Methodist Church in March 2018 and continued with the opening of a Talking Point at Oaken Grove, Haxby in July this year.
Feedback from people using this informal but informative option at Lidgett Grove and Oaken Grove have so far expressed over 95% satisfaction with the outcome of their conversations and actions taken. All service users saying they would recommend Talking Points.
Since March this year, the impact of the first Talking Point at Lidgett Grove has included:
Slashing waiting times for a full social care assessment, from an average nine weeks to less than a week. This is the time between an initial meeting and then discussing support needs in detail and putting support in place at a hub
Over 95% of people invited to the hub have said they were satisfied with the experience and, most importantly, the actions and outcome of their conversation at Talking Point
More than half of the people who, under the old system would usually have opted for a full social care assessment, felt the support they were offered met their needs and so declined the full assessment
The number of people needing paid-for social care services has fallen from 65%, to 43%.
New to the York Explore Talking Point are drop-in sessions as well as pre-booked appointments.
Further Talking Points will continue to open across the city as the programme develops.
Barbara Swinn, York Explore manager, said: “After the terrific start of Talking Point in Acomb and Haxby we’re looking forward to welcoming residents of all ages so they can chat with Talking Point staff about how together, we and they and the community, can bring about improvements to their lives and how they want to live it.”
Cllr Carol Runciman, executive member for health and adult social care said: “This third Talking Point in the centre of York serves people who find it easier to come and see us in town, and is the latest in a series which we plan to open across the city. I’m delighted to hear about the positive impact our other Talking Points are having on people’s lives.
“Our experience in York so far, is in line with the better experiences and outcomes for residents reported in other cities using this approach. It makes it easier for residents to access and source effective early intervention and support.”
City of York Council has been allocated £731,000 by the Government to support adult social care needs this winter
The funding is targeted at people who don’t need to be in hospital but who do need care. It will support people as they return home whilst freeing up more hospital beds, including getting people safely back home from hospital at the weekends.
While the detailed grant conditions have not yet been shared, we will be working closely with our NHS partners to target the money towards initiatives which will make the biggest difference to the city’s more vulnerable residents and to the whole system.