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Proposals to End Funding for Dial-a-Ride


An Open Response from Community Glue


Oxfordshire County Council are currently consulting on proposals to save £6.1 million (about one fifth) of their supported transport services. They are planning to make most of the cuts to subsidised bus routes (either by withdrawing the subsidy altogether, or by reducing it). However, Dial-a-Ride is also in the cross-hairs. Click here to read more.

Direct Payments User Group Meets for First Time


We went to the first meeting of the Direct Payments User Group hosted by AgeUK on Wednesday. We were keen to support it, not only because we had tried (and failed) to get something similar going a few years ago, but also because the research we did for Healthwatch last year clearly highlighted the need for more 'peer support. Click here to read more

Help over Yule


Link to an updated list of resources for people who may be having suicidal thoughts or feelings over what is a difficult time of year for many people.

Social Enterprise and Micro-Enterprise


This short post comes from two simple ideas, and an idea about bringing them together. Micro-enterprises are small local enterprises that provide a range of social and health care, supported housing and leisure services. They are frequently run by and for people who use health and social care services. Social enterprises are defined as trading organisations working for a social purpose. Often they can be the same thing, but they are often not (click here to read more).

Recommendations for Personal Budgets

Recommendations for Personal Budgets

Today we presented the recommendation from our report Personal Budgets: Where Next in Oxfordshire? At the launch event we held at the end of March, we ran a workshop asking people about their priorities for what we should do next. Healthwatch, who funded the report, asked us to present a short summary of recommendations. Click here to read more.

Report on Personal Budgets Launched


On Saturday 29th March we launched or Report Personal Budgets: Where Next in Oxfordshire? This was the result of nearly four months of collaboration between ourselves and several other groups and organisations that had been involved with Personal Budgets locally and nationally.





Personal Budgets - Stakeholder Event


On 8th March 2014 we held a small informal event in West Oxford Community Centre to look at Personal Budgets, and how they've been working in the county. Since 2008 people receiving adult social care have been able to get a 'personal budget' to buy their own care, with some NHS patients gaining the same rights in 2011. In April of this year NHS patients in other groups will gain the same rights, and we wanted to find out what was happening locally before this change went ahead.



The Move to Personalisation - Community Glue's Experience


What We Liked About 'Personalisation'

Jon and I started Community Glue because we wanted to support initiatives that gave people more say in their social and health care. In previous jobs, we had been frustrated by an approach to commissioning services that often paid tokenistic attention to the views of service users, and led to inflexible support, low staff morale, and a risk-averse culture.

In 2008 Oxfordshire County Council had introduced 'self-directed support', under the ambitious banner of 'Transforming Adult Social Care'. The vision was that, with the help of a support broker, people could design their own support packages, and that this would in turn lead to them shaping services in ways which would meet their needs more effectively.

Having control of their own social care budget seemed to offer people genuine power over how their care was provided. We were optimistic about how this might improve people's experience of social care.

Personal Budgets: Where Next in Oxfordshire?


Free Lunch Event for Anyone Interested in Personal Budgets
in Health or Social Care

11:30am - 2:30 pm, Saturday 29th March 2014,

West Oxford Community Centre

Money Matters After All


New research shows that social care outcomes for older adults are clearly linked to expenditure, and that the impact of personal budgets has been marginal. Click here to read more.

Lighting a Beacon for Privatisation?


People who care about Oxfordshire's mental health services may have noticed that our Primary Care Trust (soon to be replaced by a Clinical Commissioning Group) recently bought in private sector consultants to help them develop their commissioning strategy for Oxfordshire. One of these was Beacon UK – recently branded on their web site. While they do provide consultancy, they also act “... as an integrator, coordinating mental health services from different health and social care providers to ensure care effectively meets the needs of each person with mental health problems.” Sounds good, but what does it really mean? Click here for whole story

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