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Joint statement from DVSC and DCC Community Support Services on the Denbighshire Learning Disability Forum

February 7, 2019

JOINT STATEMENT FROM DVSC AND DCC COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES

 

Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council (DVSC) has supported the Denbighshire Learning Disability Forum for over two decades thanks to grant funding from Denbighshire County Council (DCC) Community Support Services.

 

DVSC has worked hard to support individuals with learning disabilities and their families to have a voice on the things that matter to them, and to share information on local activities and services over a number of years. Both DVSC and DCC agree that a fresh approach is required with individuals, and potentially with a more specialist organisation to deliver services.  

 

The coming months provide an excellent opportunity to look at what is needed going forward and who might be best placed to deliver the service. DVSC will support the Forum’s activities to 31st March 2019 and are working closely with DCC to manage the transition so that members of the Forum are kept informed and actively involved. Forum members who wish to retain involvement with DVSC are welcome to do so. Involvement with DVSC brings a number of benefits. Forum members can find out more here.

 

If you would like to be involved in helping to develop a new service please contact: jeni.andrews@denbighshire.gov.uk or phone Jeni on 01824 706634.

 

It might take some time to develop a new service, so when DVSC’s support ends on 31st March 2019, there will be a temporary gap until the new DCC service is established. In the meantime the following contacts might be helpful:

  • Community Navigators – Information and advice for accessing community services. Surgeries at three Libraries across Denbighshire. See DCC website for details

  • SPoA – Single Point of Access - 0300 456 1000. One point access to information, advice and assistance about Denbighshire Local Authority and Community services

  • Complex Disability Team – 01824 712753

  • Mencap Learning Disability Helpline - 0808 808 1111

  • NWAAA (North Wales Advice & Advocacy Association) Provides Self-Advocacy services in Denbighshire - 01248 670852

  • DEWIS CYMRU – Dewis Cymru is the place for information about well-being in Wales. We have information that can help you think about what matters to you, along with information about local organisations and services that can help! www.dewiswales www.dewiscymru

 

Both DVSC and DCC want to thank Forum members for their commitment and to reinforce what a vital role the Forum plays in ensuring the needs and aspirations of people with learning disabilities and that of their carers are listened to, and acted on.   

 

Helen Wilkinson (CEO, DVSC)

Phil Gilroy (Head of Community Support Services, DCC

 

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