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Have your say on day opportunities and short breaks

We're asking for people's views on plans to change the way we provide day opportunities and short breaks for people with learning disabilities and/or autism.

Take part in the consultation

People with learning disabilities and/or autism tell us they want the same opportunities as everyone else - getting involved in their community, going out with friends, learning new skills or finding work.

We've been developing services that help them to achieve these ambitions but we also have to ensure we're supporting those who need us most.

We've always prided ourselves on being a well-managed council, balancing our books from year to year, but like all other councils across the country we're facing increasing financial pressures that are outside our control.

To help us get the best value for money for our services, at a time of increasing financial pressures, we need to review to what extent we provide those services directly.

Direct consultation will take place with people who currently use services, their families and carers with additional centre-based meetings being held for them to give their views.

People can also fill in an online questionnaire which is available in either standard or easy-read.

The consultation runs until 21 August 2024.

Paper copies of the questionnaire are also available on request and the public can also attend drop-in sessions at Derbyshire libraries where support can be offered to anyone who needs help to make their views known.

Drop-in sessions

These will be held between 10am and midday on:

  • 28 May 2024: Chapel-en-le-Frith Library, Town Hall, Market Square
  • 31 May 2024: Alfreton Library, Severn Square
  • 3 June 2024: Swadlincote Library, Civic Way
  • 5 June 2024: Chesterfield Library, New Beetwell Street
  • 6 June 2024: Long Eaton Library, Tamworth Road
  • 7 June 2024: Eckington Library, Market Street
  • 12 June 2024: Ashbourne Library, Compton
  • 17 June 2024: Bolsover Library, Church Street
  • 18 June 2024: Ilkeston Library, Market Place
  • 19 June 2024: Heanor Library, Ilkeston Road
  • 2 July 2024: Buxton Library, Kents Bank Road
  • 25 July 2024: Shirebrook Library, Patchwork Row

There are 2 further virtual meetings for members of the public to attend on Monday 22 July 2024 and Thursday 1 August 2024 between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. These must be booked in advance. For more information and to book your place, please contact our stakeholder engagement and consultation team, tel: 01629 531307 to leave a message and one of the team will call you back, or you can email: