May 13, 2013

Supported Living and Ageing Well Strategy

SLAWS panel - picture courtesy of Guernsey Press & Co Ltd

In May, the Guernsey Community Foundation brought together private and voluntary sector organisations that have an interest in supporting older people. During the meeting, representatives of the States gave an update on the development of the Supported Living and Ageing Well Strategy (SLAWS).
Mark Cooke, HSSD Chief Officer, outlined the Strategy’s aims, which included promoting care and support in the community and wide-ranging changes to how this was funded.
The Strategy is not just for older people but includes all adults with a care need. Adult respite care, community care, residential care – all will be governed by this Strategy, not the Disability & Inclusion Strategy.
A suggestion to create a representative group or alliance to work with the States on the Strategy was met with huge support, with the Guernsey Disability Alliance being mentioned as a positive example of such a ‘cluster group’.
Any organisation that is interested in being part of such a group is encouraged to contact Dave Chilton from the Guernsey Community Foundation. Another updated is hoped to be be provided by the end of the year.

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