Release date: 13 March 2017
People are being encouraged to have early conversations with West Sussex County Council about their adult social care needs.
The aim is to reach out to people in their communities to help support their independence and quality of life.
A multi-disciplinary team from the county council will be based in the local area where they can talk with people about their circumstances.
The team have already set up regular ‘Talk Local’ sessions which the public can either drop-in to or make an appointment to see someone.
These will run throughout March, April and May, weekly in your area, please call 01243 642121 or email here to find out more.
Peter Catchpole, Cabinet Member for Adult Services at West Sussex County Council, said: “We recognise people like to have these conversations closer to where they live.
“We want to meet people, their families and carers in local settings to talk about the support they need and we’ll help people make the best use of their strengths, including family and community networks.
“The new approach is also intended to provide greater continuity of contact with members of staff.”
Other areas in West Sussex are also trialling the new way of working. If it proves successful, a decision will be taken in the autumn about introducing the new approach across the county from January 2018.