Published on Feb 17, 2014
Living at home, making a cup of tea for your friends and popping out to the shops are things we all take for granted, but for people with learning disabilities life isn’t always that straightforward.
But thanks to an award-winning scheme in North East Lincolnshire more people with a learning disability are doing just that.
Since the project began three years ago more than 50 people living with learning disabilities have moved into purpose-built homes that give tenants their independence, as well as any support they need to carry out day-to-day tasks.
It has proved so successful that service lead for the project, Angie Dyson was invited to speak at a national learning disabilities conference in London.
“Three years ago we set out to change the lives and families of people living with learning disabilities and I am proud to say that we have made significant steps to achieve this by working in partnership across a number of organisations” said Angie Dyson, Service Lead Disability and Mental Health for North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
“Traditionally people with learning disabilities lived in residential homes or out of the area which limited their independence and choice. There was a lack of suitable housing that offered the right support in the community; but by working with social housing developers Inclusion Housing and Progress we were able to create new homes so people with a learning disability can have the opportunity to live ordinary lives.
“It was great to fly the flag for North East Lincolnshire and be highlighted for this piece of work. Not only were we able to change people’s lives but we also managed to make significant savings by commissioning more person-centred services. There was a lot of interest from national leaders at the conference who were impressed with our approach and wanted to know more. Hopefully this model will be replicated elsewhere in the country.”
Angie Dyson presented at the Capita Learning Disabilities Conference on London on 30th January 2014 on behalf of North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
This piece of work won the best commissioner category at the Independent Specialist Care Awards in March 2013.
Members of the project group include Angie Dyson commissioner, Debbie Harding specialist Social Worker Focus, Jane Moran psychologist and the IST Team Care Trust Plus. Care providers: Creative Support, Lifeways, Care UK, Inclusion and Progress Housing.