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The redesign of day services for adults with a learning disability and or who are autistic

Status: Open

Opens: 28 March 2022 - Closes: 19 June 2022


What this consultation is about

We are proposing to redesign services to move away from traditional building-based day services in favour of offering alternative opportunities in the community.

This includes proposals to:

  • expand the council’s team of Community Connectors - trained staff who support people with learning disabilities and / or who are autistic to explore opportunities that exist in their local communities - these can include travel training, employment opportunities, social activities, direct payments, private voluntary independent sector, voluntary work, digital support, relationship building, community groups, education and learning, work experience
  • create a new support service team to provide more intensive practical support to people with learning disabilities and / or who are autistic and their families to help them get used to the changes if they went ahead
  • identify gaps in services and work with independent, private, and voluntary providers and other organisations to develop new opportunities which will capture the demands and preferences that people have notified us of in our new support request form
  • retain 4 day centres (Alderbrook, Outlook, Parkwood and No Limits) and relocate anyone that needs to continue using these by providing transport where necessary to allow them to do this
  • use a phased approach to discontinue the use of 8 day centres (Whitemoor, Newhall, Coal Aston, Carter Lane, Renishaw, Oxcroft, Whitwell and Ashbourne) where there is a lack of demand and people have already relocated or are being supported to choose other opportunities - we'll offer support to everyone through our support services

The alternative option is to keep the 12 building-based services open as they operate currently.

More information can be found in the agenda for Cabinet on Thursday, 10 March 2022, 2.00pm on the Derbyshire Democracy website.

There is also an easy-read version of the survey available.

There are 4 virtual meetings where interested parties and members of the public can have their say using Microsoft Teams. They'll take place on:

  • 12 April 2022 at 2pm
  • 12 May 2022 at 6pm
  • 19 May 2022 at 6pm
  • 15 June 2022 at 1pm

If you wish to take part on one of these meetings, please email tell.adultcare@derbyshire.gov.uk stating which meeting you wish to join. 


How to take part

We are carrying out this consultation in the following ways:


Who is the consultation aimed at?

Which part of Derbyshire is this consultation aimed at?
  • All Derbyshire (excluding Derby City)
Generally, who is this consultation aimed at?
  • All
Specifically, who is this consultation aimed at?
  • Adults
  • People with learning disabilities

How will we let you know the results?

Feedback about this consultation will be available by the following methods:

  • Our website