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Proposed new short breaks offer – please give us your views

Short breaks are a lifeline for many families of children with disabilities. They provide opportunities for them to have fun, see their friends and try new activities, helping them to achieve better outcomes. They also act as a preventative service helping to avoid family breakdown and the need for more specialist, social care interventions in the future.

We would like your views on the new proposed offer before the County Council’s Cabinet makes its final decision on 18 July 2017.

Every few years, Surrey County Council is legally required to re-issue contracts to providers of short breaks services and we have listened to families and worked with them and our partners during 2016 to design the short breaks services we will buy from our providers in the future.

Whilst this legal process can cause uncertainty for a time, it also has many benefits. It gives us the opportunity to listen to families, explore options for the future and develop the best possible services in response their changing needs. It also helps us ensure that we are spending public funding on the highest quality services that offer the best value for money to our residents. This may mean re-appointing an existing provider, should they put forward the strongest proposals, or a change to a new provider. Finally, it gives our providers an opportunity to be innovative and develop and improve the way they provide services.

Families have helped us shape each stage of the process, from assessing needs, reviewing the current offer and identifying the outcomes families want to achieve from short breaks, to designing the new service and evaluating bid proposals to provide these services. We want to thank families who have engaged with us so far during this process. From 8 May – 16 June, families are invited to give us their views on the new proposed offer in a number of ways, including:

·An online survey – Short Breaks Proposed Offer – Feedback

·Drop-in sessions at the following venues across Surrey (no need to book – please just turn up):

Monday 15 May, 9.30am to 11am and 7pm to 9pm –  Our Lady and St Peter, Garlands Road, Leatherhead KT22 7EZ

Wednesday 17 May, 9.30am to 11am and 7pm to 9pm –  Hersham Village Hall, Queens Road, Walton-on-Thames KT12 5LT

Thursday 18 May, 9.30am to 11am and  7pm to 9pm Old Dean Youth Club, Kingston Road, Camberley GU15 4AF

Tuesday 23 May 9.30 to 11am  – St Joseph’s Church, 122 Ladbroke Road,Redhill RH1 1LF

Tuesday 9 June, 9.30am to 11am and 6pm to 8.15pm – Greenark Community Hall, Lido Road, Guildford GU1 1HB

We acknowledge that the outcome of the process has meant proposed changes in some areas and this can be unsettling for families.

Please give us your views about these proposals, how you may be affected by them and if there is anything else we need to do to support families better. The information that you give us will be used to inform the Council’s Cabinet’s final decision on awarding the new contracts on 18 July 2017.

For more information about the engagement please contact: Surrey County Council Children’s Commissioning: shortbreaks@surreycc.gov.uk  – to help us to get back to you quickly please mark your email “engagement feedback” Family Voice Surrey have been working with us throughout this process to support and engage with families. They can be contacted via: www.familyvoicesurrey.orgcontact@familyvoicesurrey.org – 01372 705 708.

 

Sally Allen

Commissioner Children’s Services

Commissioning Team Surrey County Council

Fairmount House

Bull Hill

Leatherhead,

Surrey

KT22 7AH

E: sally.allen@surreycc.gov.uk M: 07816065222

Please note my usual working days are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday until 2pm