Lancaster District Local Forum
Notes of the Lancaster Forum for 17th May 2011, 10 am – 12.30 pm
The Knoll Resource Centre, Westbourne Road, Lancaster LA1 5EF
Nichola wrote the notes.
Who was there: James Hughes; Nichola Buczynski; Jane Sutherland; David Grundy; Ruth King; Gulshan
Bashire; Michael Atherton; Mark Pedder; Amanda Topps and Mark Shackleton who chaired the meeting.
Apologises from: Bethan Hiscox & Natalie Vranges.
What? What we said Action
We introduced ourselves and said where our favourite place to go on None needed
Last We read over the last meeting minutes and discussed the actions. We all None needed
meeting agreed to aims and objectives of the group. James had raised the issue of
notes – medical notes not being filed and stored correctly at the health task group
report and this is now resolved. React are still trying to get involved with training
back on for nurses and health workers.
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Concerns around cuts to police funding- Julie Dockerty advised us that the
cuts are still under review and when this is concluded we will know more.
Questions asked at What can individual budgets be spent on & can they be used to fund
the Partnership support for people to work- Julie said if it is linked to assessed needs then
board it is ok and advised there is quite a lot of flexibility although it is not just
“wants.” Julie said if a person is working, social care should not always
fund support there are alternatives such as job centre plus and benefits
from working were discussed. None Needed
FACS bandings- Clarification was asked for on funding for people
assessed at moderate. Julie said it was likely the Fair Access to Care
criteria will change and no longer includes “Moderate” but people will be
reviewed before any support is changed or stopped and needs maybe met
by other support groups such as help direct.
Communication Aids staying with young people- This was discussed and
the head teacher of Red Marsh school, Catherine Dellow agreed to discuss
with the education board.
Partnership board representation- Suggestions were made as to who
should be on the board, Julie suggested focussing on a project and inviting
key representatives to the board.
Shortages and There was a concern to some individuals that Social workers are not James to raise at
changes to the visiting people anymore and it was raised to whether people know how to self advocates
Social work Teams. contact a social worker if they have any problems. It was explained that meetings-How
now people tend not to have named Social workers like they use to do. and where to
People have been contacted by the review and assessment team and contact a Social
appointments for the same day made, individuals scared as do not know worker.
the social workers and may not have support staff with them to support
with review. It was unknown what the criteria were to get to see a social To ask PB-is it
worker now. Amanda explained how the Lancashire wide teams would look possible to know
and at present only the management structure was known. The social who is in this
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workers are undergoing restructure and still putting in for redeployment. If team and area
somebody needed referring to a social worker they would ring the they cover.
Customer Care number.
Issues people are People are struggling getting on and off some buses still, it was also James to
having with Buses discussed how people are treated on buses. Valuing People Now board feedback after
will be discussing the issue of transport at their next meeting. Valuing People
Learning Disability Hate Crime is the topic of the week and it was discussed we should do Nichola & James
week 20th-27th June something in the Lancaster/Morecambe area. to organise with
James and David
to report back.
Last meeting was Cancelled, next is in June and the theme is Transport
Feedback from the
At the last shaping the future meeting Transport was the theme and both
Any bad things and good things where discussed such as grumpy drivers, James to report
issues driving off, rowdy school children etc. This information will be taken to next back information
for Valuing People Now Board in June. on reviews.
people with James is going to Chorley today to find out more about reviews and to get James and Mark
learning information to pass on to individuals so they know what to expect. to report back
disabilities? James and Mark going to ARC’s Friend or fate-Mate crime conference. after conference
-Shaping the future
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Any David & James did not attend last meeting so could not give any feedback. None Needed
Assistive technology was the main topic at the last providers meeting. A
Providers presentation from Tunstall healthcare Ltd was given. Smart phones with This should mean
specially apps to assist people to remember medication or to give step by improved training
step guides to people to do individual tasks. If people where interested opportunities
then a referral to David Barton Occupational Therapist is needed. Amanda
told the group how across Lancashire they are working on invest to save,
e.g. Telecare specific to Learning Disabilities.
Feedback from the Discussed Partnerships Boards agenda for next week. Normal standing None Needed
Partnership Board items and for everyone to agree to the Terms or References. The
partnership board will have an action plan as discussed in the last meeting
which are national priorities linking with Valuing People Now. David asked
if they would look at people with PMID within action plan. Amanda agreed
and said there would be a champion from the PMID task group on the
Friends and Dining club to start soon called REDS (Really Enjoying Dining Society) trial None Needed
Relationship Group dates have been set for June, July August & September, looking at 4
different restaurants that have a possible happy hour to make it a bit
cheaper and good accessibility. Flyer to follow soon!! Cinema club,
Lancaster has happened this month, Morecambe one next week on the
24th May at 5pm.
Health Task Group Flyer attached for an event on Wednesday 15th June at Flyde Day services
10.30-2.30, lots of taster sessions including, information regarding Lets Get
Moving, WiiFit, Good Vibrations, Bikes to try out, a raffle etc - See flyer
sent out by Amanda. People interested
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Web enable provide support for the Partnership board website at present. to inform Amanda
Website Train the Computer literate people are needed to do a 2 day course at Preston to
Trainer enable them to train people with Learning disabilities who we support to be
involved in uploading data and information to the website to ensure it is
Profound Champion put forward to come to the Partnership board meetings,
Intellectual and nominations are needed from people on the group. David asked if they will
Multiple Disabilities also be attending Valuing people now board, this hadn’t yet been agreed
Group and maybe too much for one person, it may be a job share would be None Needed
Employment Lancashire- Job centres having huge changes. A directory is
being put together including information people need when they leave None Needed
college, its being discussed the best format to ensure it is future proof and
won’t become out of date as soon as made or printed. Possibly including
Any Other Business? Positive stories and circles of support.
MEETING ENDS Stephen Neaves to do minutes at next meeting To meet again at
with a closing the next meeting
12th July 2011
10.00 am - 12.30 pm
The Knoll Resource Centre, Lancaster
meeting 01524 586195
"Thanks to Change Picturebank for use of these images"
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