More than 100 people attended the launch in Prestwick
A new approach to give people with learning disabilities more control of the services they use has been officially unveiled. The South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership have launched the new Adult Learning Disability Strategy 2017-2023.
More than 100 people attended the launch of the strategy at Kingcase Church in Prestwick. Organisations taking part on the day included the Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability, National Involvement Network (Charter for Involvement), Turning Point, Hansel, Girvan Opportunities, Viewpoint and Rosie's Retro.
It's estimated that there are around 600 people with learning disabilities in South Ayrshire, with numbers expected to follow the national trend and increase by roughly 1% a year.
The Adult Learning Disability Strategy 2017-2023 applies to people aged 16+ who are either using services or in transition to use adult services. The approach signals a change in what people can expect, and a shift to being supported in the community; and details how communities can support this shift.
The strategy has four strategic objectives:
1: A Healthy Life - people with learning disabilities enjoy the highest attainable standard of living, health and family life.
2: Choice and Control - people with learning disabilities are treated with dignity and respect, and protected from neglect, exploitation and abuse.
3: Independence - people with learning disabilities are able to live independently in the community with equal access to all aspects of society.
4: Active Citizenship - people with learning disabilities are able to participate in all aspects of community and society.
Stewart Donnelly, Employee Director for Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board and Chair of South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership Integration Joint Board said, "We're committed to helping people with learning disabilities to live longer, healthier lives, and supported to fully take part in all aspects of society.
"The new strategy places a greater focus being placed on prevention, help for young people to make the transition into adult services; establish a supported employment service; and develop appropriate housing.
"With reduced resources available our challenge is to work closely with people to identify real needs, and we believe we can deliver a programme that meets our ambitions while also helping to change lives for the better."
The full report 'Adult Learning Strategy 2017-2023' can be found here.