Aberdeenshire Council have announced that their day services in the Garioch are undergoing a transformation to bring them in to line with national policy and good practice principles.
The key principle for service delivery improvement is to shift the delivery of services for adults with disabilities from an exclusively buildings approach to mainstream community based opportunities for all.
Discussions were held with service users, family carers and the community about how inclusive and community based services could be developed in partnership with the private, public and third sectors.
Around a quarter of people who attend adult day services in the Garioch area have complex needs and require specialist buildings based support some of the time. This service will continue to be provided.
However, the Harlaw Centre building in Inverurie is in a poor physical state, it is very costly to run and is now unsuitable for the new model of service delivery.
With enhancements to the Pitscurry Environmental Project in Pitcaple and by using other council resources in the area, the buildings based services for people who still require this kind of service can be delivered within remaining resources.
Therefore the decision has been taken to end the delivery of day services at the Harlaw building in a phased process over the next 12 months.
Chair of Aberdeenshire Council Social Work and Housing Committee said, “The redesign of day services in Aberdeenshire is enabling many adults with learning disabilities to develop skills and have the opportunity to be involved in helping local community- based projects to thrive.
“This has been a positive experience for many individuals and families across Aberdeenshire. The Harlaw building is no longer suitable for day care services.
“We will continue to support adults in locations closer to where they live and in mainstream community settings, reducing social isolation and segregation of people with disabilities in the community.
“In addition the Health and Social Care Transitional Leadership Group has awarded £130,000 for a project which will develop integrated outreach support to adults with disabilities in the community so they can get the health and social care support they need in a location which suits them rather than having to travel to a centre.”
Meetings to discuss the changes will be held in the first week of February.