Consultation Event – Floating Support & Accommodation Strategy

Consultation Event – Floating Support & Accommodation Strategy (various dates & venues)

Consultation on intensive floating support service for people with mental health needs and people living with HIV/AIDs

Floating support is a service that provides housing related support to vulnerable adults (over 16) to enable them to maintain their independence in their own home.
Housing Related Support might include:
· Setting up and maintaining a home or tenancy
· Managing finances and benefit claims
· Developing independent living skills
Floating support services will generally be short term (less than two years) and will have the flexibility to support a person wherever they live.

What we are consulting about?
Bristol City Council is consulting on future changes to the way we commission intensive floating support service for vulnerable people.
A commissioning strategy has been written and includes recommendations and proposals for future services. The commissioning strategy and related documents can be viewed via the web page http://www.bristol.gov.uk/floatingsupportcommission
The consultation will run from March 4 to May 27, 2013.

Why do we need to re-commission intensive floating support services?
The current intensive floating support services have been provided by the same service providers for a number of years. Good practice and procurement regulations suggest that these services should be put out to tender, to ensure that the services are the best value for money and are outcome focused.

Accommodation Strategy

The strategy intends to outline Bristol City Councils, Health and Social care and NHS Bristol’s approach to accommodation and support for people with mental health issues, learning difficulties and autism.

The strategy
· Outlines the current local and national policy context
· Summarises information about who needs these services
· Say what key stakeholder think the current issues are
· Outline what we buy at the moment
· Look at what outcomes services should be achieving with service users
· Plan how we will meet these outcomes in the future.

Why we are consulting?
There are many stakeholders who have views on the best way to meet the accommodation needs of people with mental health issues, learning disabilities and autism. It is important to consult with stakeholders to ensure that these views are reflected and used to inform this strategy.

The accommodation strategy and related documents can be viewed via the web page http://www.bristol.gov.uk/accommodationstrategy

The consultation will run from April 2nd to 2nd July 2013.

Consultation Events
We will be consulting with service users, service providers and stakeholders to gauge opinions and collate feedback on both strategy recommendations.

The event is free but booking is essential. Places are on a first come first served basis
Booking via http://spconsult-estw.eventbrite.co.uk/

There are 4 open consultation events
· Tuesday 9th April 2013 – 13:30 – 16:30 – City Hall (formerly The Council House), College Green, BS1 5TR
· Thursday 25th April 2013 – 10:00 – 13:00 – Southville Centre, Beauley Road, Bristol BS3 1QG
· Wednesday 1st May 2013 – 09:30 – 12:30 – St Pauls Family Centre, 94 Grosvenor Road, Bristol, BS2 8XJ
· Wednesday 15th May 2013 – 09:30 – 12:30 – Greenways Centre, Doncaster Road, Bristol, BS10 5PY

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