North Yorkshire residents who have lived in, or have experience of, supported living housing are being urged to help to shape and transform services.
Supported living helps people to live independently in a home of their own while also meeting care needs they might have. Residents include adults with a learning disability or autism. North Yorkshire County Council is setting up a reference group to seek views and experiences of people and to co-design an exciting new model of supported living.
There are currently more than 200 supported living properties in North Yorkshire, but quality and availability can differ across the county. The Council’s ambition is to make sure that supported living is meeting the needs of people using the service both now and in the future.
Richard Webb, Corporate Director of Health and Adult Services, said: “We are calling for people who have experience of supported living, their carers and family members to help us modernise the service by giving their views, experiences and creative ideas.
“We know that having good quality housing is key to helping people live longer, healthier lives. Improving the offer in North Yorkshire by exploring innovative ideas, such as utilising the latest technologies, is a key part of our plans, but we want to hear from service users first.”
County Councillor Michael Harrison, Executive Member for Adult Services and Health Integration, said: “Although we recognise how important it is to transform the service, we can’t do this without knowledge from those with experience of supported living.
“We are passionate about making sure that people are able to access the right housing options to suit their support needs in their local communities. It is important that these are affordable and sustainable and that people with real experience tell us about what works and what needs improving.”
Anybody who would like to be a member of the reference group should email firstname.lastname@example.org.