People who want to have their say on options for a learning disabilities day service in Burgess Hill are being reminded they have just a few days to take part in a consultation.
A consultation about the future of the Burnside day centre service runs until Friday 9 January 2015.
West Sussex County Council wants to improve the service it offers people using the day centre.
Peter Catchpole, the County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults Social Care and Health, recently visited the centre along with the Co Chairman of the Learning Disability Partnership Board and local County Council members to see the centre and discuss the current arrangements with members of staff.
Peter said: “Visiting Burnside again gave me an opportunity to think about the options that are being considered to improve the day centre service for the future. It also gave me the chance to have a good look at the building and to talk to staff and local County Council members.”
Three options are being put forward:
- to do nothing and carry on as usual at the centre;
- to improve the building and develop the services; or
- to find and/or develop alternative services for customers and then when all customers have chosen alternative services that meet their needs, to close the existing building.
Peter added: “The aim of the public consultation is for service users and others to help to shape the future of the learning disabilities day service and to improve it.
“National best practice suggests that people with learning disabilities should be supported to access facilities in their local community and this is also what some of our customers have been telling us this. We want to know how people think the service should move forward. Should the day services be available in different locations? Should they be provided in a different way?
“It is proposed to increase the budget for supporting people with learning disability and the aim of the review is to improve the service so that we can support people to live the life they want. It is not about reducing funding.”
West Sussex County Council wants to improve the service it offers people using the Burnside day centre. There has been a decline in the numbers using the centre and the scale of the repair works now required to the building mean it is beyond economical repair.
A public meeting for people to find out more and ask questions has been held along with numerous meetings with centre users, carers and staff as part of the consultation.
You can take part in the consultation online or for more information phone 0330 2225855.