Changes to daytime support | Oxfordshire County Council

Changes to daytime support

Published 13 March 2017

Daytime support from the council is changing and being replaced by a new community support service.

Why make changes?

Demand for social care is growing and government funding is reducing, so Oxfordshire County Council needs to make sure that there is a secure core service in place. We’re doing this by introducing a new daytime service from 1 October 2017.

This follows a review of adult daytime support and a public consultation (more than 1,000 people took part in the consultation). Find out more about the consultation.

A new service

The health and wellbeing centres and learning disability daytime support services are being replaced with a new community support service.

This will operate from eight centres across the county at Abingdon, Banbury, Bicester, Didcot, Oxford, Wallingford, Wantage and Witney.

Everyone with eligible care needs for daytime support is guaranteed to receive a service and can choose to receive this from Oxfordshire County Council.

For people who are assessed as not having eligible needs, there will still be a range of options available, including buying support from the new council service. 

Support for service users 

Before anything changes everyone using current council services is being offered support and an individual assessment.

This is being done by council staff working in partnership with the Community Information Network (provided by Age UK Oxfordshire).

The council will continue to fund the Dementia Support Service and the Wellbeing and Employment service for people with disabilities

New community support service

The eight community support centres will be used by a range of service users. Many people who use day care have multiple needs: older people with learning disabilities, people with learning disabilities and dementia etc.

Support will be personalised with staff working with people to plan their support to meet their individual needs.

The centres are large enough to accommodate groups with different requirements and activities will happen alongside each other.

Staff may have specialisms (dementia support, challenging behaviour, autism) and will use this expertise as needed.

Community and voluntary sector

Most day services in Oxfordshire are provided by community groups: three-quarters of these receive no council funding and have continued to flourish.

The vast majority of the 47 voluntary daytime support services (such as lunch clubs and day centres) that have received funding from Oxfordshire County Council have been awarded transitional grants from the council and other grant funding will be available from the council in the future. 

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