Invite to participate in IDEA project

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Local businesses, organisations and community groups across Aberdeenshire are invited to take part in an event in Inverurie on Thursday, June 28 to shape the way day services for adults are carried out in future.

Members of Aberdeenshire Council’s Social Work and Housing Committee also acknowledged the work that has already taken place on the IDEA project (Inclusive Day Services Enabling Aberdeenshire) when it met on Thursday, June 14.

An event is to be held at Inverurie Town Hall on Thursday, June 28 from 9am to 3pm and feedback will be provided on the IDEA project (Inclusive Day Services Enabling Aberdeenshire) findings so far.

Community partners will also get the opportunity to get involved in developing the kind of day services people who use services and their family carers want.

The IDEA project is an extensive consultation and involvement programme that is taking place to find out what adults who use services and their family carers think services should be like.

Using this information as a basis for development Aberdeenshire Council will carry out events across the area to develop this further and take forward ideas from the initial events with service users and carers.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Housing and Social Work Service currently provides a range of day services for people with disabilities predominantly from seven resource centres located across Aberdeenshire. Day activities are well-regarded by service users and family carers and regularly receive excellent grades from the external inspection and regulation organisation.

As part of the council’s commitment to continuous improvement day services are being transformed from being mainly based in buildings to a move towards more community based activities.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Social Work and Housing Committee Councillor Karen Clark said: “We want to involve the whole community in the process of looking at progressive day service provision.

“From voluntary to community groups, businesses, provider organisations and other public sector bodies everyone has a part to play to shape what services will look like and create inclusive communities.

“If you feel that your group, organisation or business has something to offer and something to gain from being involved in this process then please apply for a free place at these events.”

Vice chair councillor Alisan Norrie said: “The community will benefit from the opportunity to work in increasing partnership with the council and other organisations and groups so that services are sustainable now and into the future.

“Aberdeenshire’s towns and villages will also benefit from the contribution that people with disabilities can make in their communities.

“There is a real opportunity for partnership working which can benefit everyone and I encourage businesses and organisations across Aberdeenshire to look out for their nearest event and get involved.”

Project manager Val Milne added: “Local businesses and organisations can offer many experiences for adults with disabilities.

“We do already have examples of this taking place in Aberdeenshire from a community chicken project in Banff to the Pitscurry gardening project at Pitcaple and we want to do more.

“Adults with disabilities will benefit from the opportunity to be more involved in their local communities, from the opportunity to do what they want to do and what meets their expectations rather then being offered the limited menu of opportunities offered by their day service.”

If you would like more information about the events or about the IDEA programme contact project manager Val Milne on 01224 664970 or at val.milne@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

If you would like a place at this or future events contact Val Summers on 01569 768410 or at val.summers@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Information is also available on Aberdeenshire Council’s website at

www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/care/help/living/during_day/big_idea.asp