SCARBOROUGH’S Elder Street centre is to benefit from a £2.4 million boost as part of a major investment in services for people with learning disabilities.
The funding from North Yorkshire County Council is part of a £7.7 million programme of work drawn up by the council’s Health and Adult Services directorate. This was approved by members of the authority’s executive.
Coupled with the introduction of personal budgets to help people with learning disabilities to live independently, the council believes this will create a significant improvement for people with learning disabilities and their families across the region.
“This is a major investment, which demonstrates our total commitment to supporting the most vulnerable people in our society,” said county councillor Clare Wood, executive member for health and adult services.
“Despite the extremely difficult financial constraints under which we are operating, we believe that this work is essential – not only to improve the general level of care and support, but also to create a service which provides consistently high standards in every part of this very large county.”
At the Elder Street resource in Scarborough’s town centre, new facilities will include day care for people with learning disabilities and complex needs.
The centre will provide activity rooms, two sensory rooms, a quiet room, a kitchen, changing facilities, a community café, an assisted technology (telecare) demonstration room, and numerous meeting and activity rooms for the wider community.
The new development will replace Scarborough Training Centre and Burnside facilities.
“These buildings and services cannot remain as they no longer provide services to modern standards and expectations, and crucially they are not capable of being tailored to the needs and desires of the people for whom they are a vital support system,” added Councillor Wood.
The council has agreed to a consultation exercise with users of the facilities, and their carers, in relation to the transition period and the internal fit out of the buildings, before the plans are finalised.
The existing service has inequalities across the different geographical areas of the county and includes a number of buildings which are unable to meet the needs of people with complex needs.
In some cases they are not up to modern or required standards, which can result in a loss of dignity and respect for people who use the services.
Three centres of population have been identified as needing development to bring their facilities up to the required levels – Scarborough, Selby, and Craven, where a purpose-built facility is planned at a cost of £1.4 million.
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ELDER Street centre in Scarborough will be given a £2.4 million revamp. Facilities will include activity rooms, two sensory rooms, a quiet room, a kitchen, changing facilities and a community café.
There will also be numerous meeting and activity rooms for the wider community.