17 JUN 2011

Meeting with Carers and Service Users at New Key in Totnes

During Carers' week it was good to meet up with carers and service users at New Key in Dart Marine Park, Totnes. I was able to hear first hand from someone who had had dreadful experience of care in residential care. With the horrific abuse reported from Winterborne View very much in the public eye this was a good opportunity to stress the importance of widening access to individual supported accommodation. We all like to chose who we live with so it is only right that this freedom is extended to everyone. The point was made that personal budgets for those needing support are the way forward. This was a really helpful meeting to share ideas on how this needs to be introduced with support for Personal Advocates to help those with learning difficulties to negotiate the system.

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