Join Independent Lives as we celebrate Disability History Month across West Sussex in November and December 2014.
At each event we want to hear your stories and experiences about how disabled people’s lives have changed over the years. There will also be opportunities to share ideas about working together and our Speaking Up for Disability exhibition will be on display.
To book your place on any of the following events please contact Sophie Thompson on 01903 219482 ext. 218, or text phone 01903 823173 or http://www.thinklocalactpersonal.org.uk/IASToolkit
This is part of a suite of resources commissioned by the Department of Health in partnership with the Local Government Association and Association of Directors of Adult Social Services to support those commissioning and providing care and support in implementing the Care Act 2014. It has been authored by independent consultant Rachel Ayling & Simon Bottery from Independent Age and developed with TLAP’s Information & Advice steering group, including reps from ADASS, Age UK, Carers Trust, Department of Health, Independent Age, Local Government Association, National Coproduction Advisory Group, Royal College of General Practitioners, SCOPE and Voiceability.
The tool offers a bank of resources to help organisations prepare in meeting new Care Act duties and is designed around a six stage process for developing an information and advice strategy. Each stage of the process contains questions to be addressed, links to useful resources and case examples. While it is geared towards council officers responsible for reviewing information and advice services, and for developing a new strategy, it will also be of interest to all organisations that provide information and advice around care and support.
It is published in draft following testing with key stakeholders at a workshop in October. TLAP received very strong feedback to publish as soon as possible as those who tested it were keen to make use of the various templates and resources now, ahead of being Care Act compliant in April 2015. So TLAP have made the decision to do so, but we are very clear that they are happy to receive further feedback to refine the tool over coming months.
This work follows on from the Information, Advice and Brokerage guides published earlier in October (Shaping the Future, Gearing Up and Seeing the Benefits).