Switch to accessible view 

 

Thurrock Coalition - News & Minutes

The Minutes of the Thurrock Partnership Boards & Forum are available here


Thurrock Coalition - Latest News

Transforming the Justice System


•    Meeting to discuss the Ministry of Justice Proposals to change how Appeals are heard and the composition of Appeal Panels in Welfare Benefit cases – including Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)

a)    The Government want to introduce online “Assisted Digital” programme for processing of appeals online through web chat, video chat and telephone rather than in person face to face hearings.

b)    The Government wants to reduce the number of Panel Members at the Tribunal Hearings from 3 (a legally trained member, a health expert and a disability expert) down to just 1 Panel member (a legally trained member) unless required by the circumstances.

•    Feedback was gathered and a response submitted to the Ministry of Justice on 7th November 2016

The Mid and South Essex Success Regime

Representatives from NHS England attended a meeting of Thurrock Diversity Network on 17th November 2016 with background information and an update on the Mid and South Essex Success Regime, looking at:

•    Information about the diversity of the people potentially impacted by the Mid & South Essex Success Regime and any details or views on the issues affecting accessibility & inclusion.
•    Discussion around how the Mid & South Essex Success Regime impact upon Disabled people.
•    Any actions that could be taken to reduce/minimise potential negative impacts and deliver positive impacts, with consideration of possible alternative options that may be available.


Lasting Power of Attorney Champions Project


Thurrock Coalition are continuing to facilitate the Lasting Power of Attorney Champions Project, which launched in January 2016. The Project has seen support for completion of LPAs through TCIL and awareness raising and events through: 17 Champions from: Thurrock Coalition, Thurrock Centre for Independent Living, BATIAS, Thurrock Mind, Cariads, Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions, The Stroke Association, Parent Advisory Team Thurrock, Age Concern Thurrock, Thurrock Council Workforce Planning.
 
The Champions promote accessibility and usage amongst a wider demography by assisting people with form completion.

To date we have assisted 54 individuals with the completion of LPAs, increasing knowledge, understanding and awareness of LPAs and how they work, saving people an estimated: £46,000 (Standard Sols fee of £850 x 54).


More information is available from the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) and Thurrock Centre for Independent Living (TCIL)


National Energy Action – Big Energy Saving Network


Thurrock Coalition is working in Partnership with Thurrock Over Fifties Forum to deliver the Big Energy Saving Network initiative from September 2016 to March 2017. We supported, promoted and contributed to the TOFF Annual Older Peoples’ Conference on 3rd November 2016.

•    The Network is funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and delivered by specially trained advisers from the voluntary sector.
•    Providing free and impartial information & advice to help you take action and save money on your energy bills.
•    Including: suitable tariffs or the cheapest ways to pay bills.
•    Help to take control over your tariff and supplier and get the best deal to suit you and your needs.
•    Details of schemes offered by Government or the energy suppliers that could help with your energy bills.


Information & Advice Portal

Thurrock Coalition, TCIL & BATIAS took part in a customer input and feedback testing group for the Thurrock Council Online Information & Advice Portal. The Group spent an afternoon using the portal and provided details of the elements that they liked and areas that needed changing or improving.

This feedback has been gathered and submitted to the Performance and Improvement Team at Thurrock Council. Actions will be taken on the areas identified as needing improvement.


Thurrock Advocacy Service Website Launched!


Do you need support & assistance to make sure your voice is heard? If so contact Thurrock Advocacy Service: www.thurrockadvocacy.org.uk

In July 2016, Thurrock Centre for Independent Living launched Thurrock Advocacy Service, in partnership with Thurrock Mind


Thurrock Advocacy Service focuses upon Empowering, Enabling and Supporting people. Helping you to find a voice, and give you the support and assistance to make sure your voice is heard.

If you would like to arrange an appointment with an advocate or want more information about the available services, please get in touch using one of the methods below:

Address: 152 Bridge Road, Grays, Essex RM17 6DB

Telephone: 01375 659 175

Text phone: 07977531670

Fax: 01375 389793

Email: info@thurrockadvocacy.org.uk

Website: www.thurrockadvocacy.org.uk

Office Hours: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Information & Awareness event on Lasting Power of Attorney - 1st September 2016


The Lasting Power of Attorney Awareness Workshop took place on Thursday 1st September 2016 @ 10am—12 noon, The Beehive, West Street, Grays, RM17 6XP

Do you work alongside, support, provide advice or information to older people, carers, disabled people or vulnerable adults in Thurrock? If so, come and find out more about this new initiative to find out:

    How Lasting Power of Attorney (“LPA”) works - covering "Health & Welfare" and "Finance & Propert"
    What an LPA Champion is and does
    How to contact your local LPA Champions
    How LPA Champions can help with:

- Making sure individuals get the right information
- Completing and submitting the LPA Application
- Signposting you to professionals in complex situations

The Event Report is available here


Consultation Event on the Future of Job Centre Plus - February 2016


An event to inform the submission of evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into the future of Jobcentre Plus (JCP). Looking at:

(i) The likely effects of the planned changes on claimants, including on the quality of services offered to them and the implications in relation to digital inclusion.

(ii) The potential implications for JCP, including in relation to JCP’s capability to provide new, tailored services for particular groups of people, including people with mental health conditions.

(iii) Opportunities afforded by coordination with other local services, including the NHS and schools.

(iv) The extent to which reforms will require cultural change within JCP, and the DWP’s capability successfully to foster this change.
 
(v) The opportunities and challenges for JCP presented by greater devolution of employment services to regional and national governments.

Input and Feedback event on employment for Disabled people in Thurrock - April 2016


This included support for Disabled employees and their employers in order for Disabled people to find and stay in work, and suggestions on closing the Disability employment gap.

Looked to gather information around employment for Disabled people. TDN primarily focused upon the types of support that is available locally, looking at what’s missing and what should be provided for Disabled employees and their employers in order for Disabled people to find and stay in work.

We will use the information as the basis of a submission to Central Government and the Department for Work & Pensions.


Thurrock Health & Wellbeing Strategy Goals Events


These events are being held throughout 2016 at the Disability Partnership Board and Older Peoples' Parliament looking at progress to date and input on each Goal in the Strategy


UIA and RAS Testing session
- January 2016.

In terms of the Testing - The Group would welcome an opportunity for ongoing involvement and feedback.
Findings and feedback on the Thurrock Council Advice & Information Portal and the Resource Allocations System

In Summary - Key to the success of the UIA is the content behind the navigation - the content needs to be up to date and easily and readily modified, especially as support and services can develop, move or change, even on a monthly basis. Having a contactable named team or officer with responsibility for this would be ideal.

The Testing Group would be happy to meet again once the range of feedback and suggestions have been implemented, to review as necessary.

Hate Crime Awareness Training Sessions - February 2016


Training for Hate Crime Ambassadors and Hate Incident Reporting Centres, resulting in a now established network across Thurrock on the "Stop the Hate" Initiative, delivered to a total of 25 people, in partnership with Essex Police and the CSP.


Suicide Prevention Strategy Workshop - February 2016


Thurrock Mental Health Service User & Carer Forum raised the issue of the need for a Suicide Prevention Strategy in Thurrock. It is the responsibility of Public Health as part of the Local Authority to have a Suicide Prevention Strategy.


Public Health set up and convened a Suicide Prevention Multi-Agency Group. The first meeting had taken place with representation from the Police, Samaritans, Connect Plus and others. The Strategy is now in its first draft.


The Strategy contains 6 Priority Areas and Recommendations on how to meet each Priority - Gathered feedback from Individuals with lived experience of using mental health services. b) Health & WellBeing Strategy Engagement and input event - consulting on the Goals and Priorities for the new Strategy for 2016 and beyond.


Consultation event on Personal Independence Payment


Looking at how the Department for Work & Pensions takes account of aids and appliances for daily living, looking at, asessing and discussing the suggested options for reform.


University of Essex - Experts By Experience Initiative


Event to discuss Experts by Experience Initiative with University of Essex - involving people with lived experience in design and delivery of BA Social Work Course.


LPA Champions Training Day


The Office of the Public Guardian (the “OPG”) is keen to expand the take up of LPAs where appropriate, and believes that the engagement of local “champions” could be an effective way to increase awareness and understanding of the process and benefits of these instruments. 


Feedback from the OPG suggests that within Thurrock, there is a proportionately smaller take up of LPAs overall (when compared to other boroughs), and that there is a disproportionate concentration of these instruments within the most affluent residential districts. 


To this end, it was agreed that some appropriately trained and resourced champions could promote accessibility and usage amongst a wider demography by assisting people with form completion.
 Whilst certain members of the legal services community are of course capable of and trained in providing appropriate advice and facilitation of LPA completion, it is believed that the costs normally associated with their involvement is a potential barrier to some (upwards of £800 per application), especially for those of limited disposable income.


As such, it is a condition of the OPG’s involvement that the service provided by Champions must be without charge.  In addition, although not advising, participant organisations should ensure their employees/Champions are adequately insured/indemnified.


The Champions are existing paid employees of entities providing free advice and or low level advocacy, willing to add the LPA issues to the portfolio of subject matter in which they are already trained and resourced.


For More information call: 01375 389864.



Action on Advocacy Engagement Events


The “Action on Advocacy” Workshops were held in October and November 2015. These were a series of interactive workshops held across Thurrock, in Grays and Belhus and online to ensure that the widest number of people have an input into the shaping of an Advocacy Service, of what it will comprise in Thurrock and what it will mean for the people who need to access it.

This was achieved by ascertaining the community viewpoint of what people want to see in an Advocacy Service in Thurrock, determining what is provided now. Where the gap(s) are, and what people want to see in an Advocacy Service from June 2016 onwards. From experience, we know that the most effective way of gathering and distilling input, views and feedback is through public engagement workshops in community venues. The Report is available here.


Consultation on Changes to Adult social Care Services in Thurrock


In Thurrock, Adult Social Care Service needs to save £500,000 this financial year, and more next year. The Council wants to maintain services as far as possible for the people who need them now and in the future. So it is taking action to reduce costs, and to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of services.

The proposals here affect 4 main areas of social care services:

1. Day Care for older people and the Carers’ Service
2. Charges for adult social care services
3. Equipment and adaptations costing less than £50
4. The provision of Extra Care Housing


The Consultation will run from 14th September until 7th December


You can Have Your Say on the proposals by visiting the Thurrock Council Consultation Portal:


https://consult.thurrock.gov.uk/portal/tc/ahc/asc/socialcarechanges


We ran an initial scoping and engagement exercise looking at the in- year savings proposals that Thurrock Council are recommending around reductions in Day Care, Extra Care, Carers’ Services and Equipment. Details of which are available here


The full Thurrock Coalition Report detailing the consultation feedback and the impact of the proposed changes is available here


An Executive Summary report is available here



Consultation on Changes to Adult social Care Services in Thurrock


In Thurrock, Adult Social Care Service needs to save £500,000 this financial year, and more next year. The Council wants to maintain services as far as possible for the people who need them now and in the future. So it is taking action to reduce costs, and to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of services.

The proposals here affect 4 main areas of social care services:

1. Day Care for older people and the Carers’ Service
2. Charges for adult social care services
3. Equipment and adaptations costing less than £50
4. The provision of Extra Care Housing


The Consultation will run from September until 7th December


You can Have Your Say on the proposals by visiting the Thurrock Council Consultation Portal:


https://consult.thurrock.gov.uk/portal/tc/ahc/asc/socialcarechanges


Consultation Events -


We, at Thurrock Coalition, are running several consultation workshops, throughout November 2015. Details below:


HAVE YOUR SAY 2015


We ran an initial scoping and engagement event looking at the in- year savings proposals that Thurrock Council are recommending around reductions in Day Care, Extra Care, Carers’ Services and Equipment. Details of which are available from the Reports page


Healthwatch Thurrock are running events and outreach sessions, visiting Day Care and Extra Care Complexes in Thurrock. Find out more here


The Mountain Trike Initiative


New TCIL Mountain Trike Hire Service Launched! Following a successful match funding bid to Public Health, we have launched a new Mountain Trike Hire Service, which offers 2 all-terrain off-road wheelchairs for hire. The Mountain Trikes are available from our Partner Organisation Thurrock Centre for Independent Living

The initiative is designed to promote improvement in both physical and mental well-being of disabled adults which we believe will assist in increasing social inclusion, participation, life expectancy as well as quality of life.

The initiative will focus upon expanding:

The breadth of the opportunities for activity and exercise which we currently offer disabled people, and to continue to build upon the Legacy of London 2012.
 
Mobility, activity and increasing independence of Disabled People, the Trikes will increase the accessibility of Thurrock as a whole.


The Mountain Trike Hire Service is aimed at disabled people (of any impairment type) and offers the Trikes for hire, details are available from the links below:

More details about the Thurrock Mountain Trikes are available here

Check out the TCIL Mountain Trike Hire flyer here

A video of the Mountain Trike in action is available here

We recently ran a Mountain Trike Showcase event with Thurrock Stroke Project - publicising the accessibility and use of the off-road wheelchairs


Mountain Trikes


Thurrock Coalition Community Connector

The Thurrock Coalition Community Connector works in partnership with the local community  to offer help, information and support
Offers support and a confidential space for individuals to report Hate Crimes and Hate Incidents. You can download the flyer here

Promotes understanding of cultural issues. Supports people to build connections in the community to feel safe, well, confident and socially included.

Provides information about  the different types of support and services that are available in Thurrock. Helps all sections of the community to access local services

Helps people to get more involved in the local community. Supports victims of  Hate Crime and works with BME and faith groups to improve inclusion and understanding of
mental health issues. We offer a culturally sensitive service tailored to BME communities

For more information please call us  on 01375 389 864. Or email us at: naguib@thurrockcoalition.co.uk


Hate Incident Reporting Centres and the Hate Crime Ambassador Initiative 2014-2015

Thurrock Coalition is a designated Hate Incident Reporting Centre (HIRC) and our staff in TCIL at the Beehive are accredited Hate Crime Ambassadors, this means that you can come and talk to us to report Hate Incidents and Hate Crimes, if you don't feel confident enough to go to the police yourself.

Hate crimes or prejudice-based incidents are defined as any incident, which may constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hostility towards a personal characteristic.

If you experience Hate Crime:

As soon as you can, go somewhere you know is safe and get help,
In an emergency call 999. Otherwise call the police on 101,

Tell the police what has happened and why you think it is a hate crime.

If you do not have the confidence to talk to the police you can report it at your local Hate Incident Reporting Centre (HIRC) or you can report on-line at www.report-it.org.uk or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

More information is available here: http://www.stopthehate.org.uk/


"The Care Act Unpacked" Events - February to April 2015


Between October 2014 and January 2015, the Thurrock Council Care Act 2014 Working Group, agreed, in co-production with Thurrock Coalition, to develop a Communications Plan to engage with people who use services, their families and carers, to emphasise and publicise the new legislation, the main changes, differences and it’s practical implications for everyone.

Council Officers were then assigned specific topic areas, based upon interest and specialism. The topics covered the key elements and changes under the new legislation, including:

o    Information and Advice

o    Promoting Wellbeing, Prevention, Delay, Reducing the need for care and support

o    Assessment and Eligibility

o    Advocacy

o    Carers’ rights

o    Funding and Finance

In order to implement the Communications Plan, Thurrock Council engaged Thurrock Coalition to facilitate a series of workshops aimed at People who use Services, of all impairment types, Older people, Carers, parents, family members, relatives and, people not yet disabled.

The “Care Act Unpacked” Workshops were a series of information workshops held across Thurrock, in Tilbury, South Ockendon and Grays to raise awareness, knowledge and understanding of the Care Act 2014..

The new Care Act 2014 is the biggest reform to the social care system in the UK since the NHS was created 66 years ago. The Care Act simplifies all the other laws and tries to make it clear exactly what care people can expect.

The Report & Recommendations are available here.


Carers Rights Day - Health, Wealth & Your Money
28th November 2014. 9:30am - 12:30pm, The Beehive, Grays

The Thurrock Coalition - Health, Wealth & Your Money - Event Report and Recommendations - December 2014 is now available to download here.

The event was facilitated by Thurrock Coalition, the ULO for Thurrock in partnership with CARIADS (to coincide with Carers Rights Day 2014),
The key aims of the event were to:
• Empower Carers & disabled people through information, advice, guidance and support.

• Raise awareness and provide information and advice to Carers, Disabled people, family members, older people on issues of health, wealth and your money, helping people to make their money go further, looking into and discussing issues such as financial safety, trading standards, safeguarding, lasting power of attorney, credit unions, welfare reform, welfare benefits, rights, entitlements, income maximisation and how people can mitigate cumulative impact of welfare reform.

Note: The Presentations for each Speaker can be found at the end of the Report. In Microsoft Word - Double-Left click on each presentation to open it
Accessible Sport in Thurrock


Accessible Sport in Thurrock

Are you looking for our new Access to Disability Sports Page, Database and Inclusive Sports News?


If so, click here to find out more!!


Housing Hurdles


Following on from the Housing Hurdles event that was hosted by Thurrock Coalition in July 2012 - we facilitated a follow up event on March 4th 2013 at 2pm at The Beehive, on behalf of the Thurrock Council Housing Directorate, based upon a "You Said, We Did" format. We looked at the progress and changes made as a direct result of the event in July 2012. The Director of Housing and Senior Service Managers attended to provide feedback. The report and recommendations can be found here.

The report and recommendations publication from the Housing Hurdles Event  is now available to download here

Thurrock Coalition is continuing its  project work with the Workforce Planning Team at Thurrock Council - We have developed an Observation of Training programme for people who use services to provide feedback on how effectively the workforce standards and outcomes are being met in the Adult Social Care training courses offered by Thurrock Council

Thurrock Coalition recently ran a number of workshops consulting with young people in transition in order to inform the Thurrock Council Transition Strategy. The results, findings and recommendations have been collated and passed to Thurrock Council for implementation into the Transition Strategy. Our full report and recommendations are available here

The recent "Powerful Partnerships" event, held on 8 March looked into the importance of co-operation, co-ordination and collaboration between Adult Social Care, Health, LINk and the Partnership Boards that operate in Thurrock to highlight and discuss future plans. Thurrock Coalition has designed and developed a "Partnership Board Charter" to help to build capacity and consistency between the respective Partnership Boards.



Minutes of the Thurrock Partnership Boards


The paperwork (minutes, agendas and updates) from all of the Thurrock Partnership Boards are available here


Thurrock Coalition - Consultation and Engagement Events Archive


Below is a list of Thurrock Coalition events/projects:


2014
November

Carers Rights Day - Health, Wealth & Your Money
28th November 2014. 9:30am - 12:30pm, The Beehive, Grays

Come along to find out more about:
information and advice for disabled people, carers, family members, older people on issues of health, wealth and your money, including:
Making your money go further, financial safety, safeguarding, lasting power of attorney,
credit unions, The Care Act and what it will mean for you, welfare benefits, rights, entitlements, income maximisation and how people can
reduce the impact of welfare reform

There will be speakers from:
CARIADS, Thurrock Centre for Independent Living, Adult Safeguarding, Thurrock Council Adult Social Care and information on the Welfare Benefits Reforms
Followed by an opportunity for Questions and Answers and time to look around market stalls and speak to various organisations

The poster is available here

2014
October


Thurrock Mental Health Service User & Carer Forum Presents:
Personalisation, Mental Health & Personal Health Budgets (PHBs) -
with Guest Speaker: Robin Murray-Neill (Mental Health Advisor, Personal Health Budgets Delivery Team, NHS England)
Monday 13th October 2014 - 1:30pm to 4pm, The Beehive, Grays
Come along, share your
opinions and we can make sure your voice is heard and listened to

HIRC and HCA Training


Facilitating and Delivering Hate Incident Reporting Centre and Hate Crime Ambassador Training to Third Sector & Community groups. Fore more details on the "Stop The Hate" campaign please visit: http://www.stopthehate.org.uk/

2014
September

"Think Autism" Strategy Workshop 26th September 2014 10am to 4pm - The Beehive

The workshop provided a valuable opportunity to explore the Thurrock specific issues, to identify relevant Actions and Priorities and to link these to the Think Autism Outcomes. We will also be facilitating a new User and Carer-Led Autism Monitoring Action Group to oversee progress and implementation of the Strategy.


The event report will be available shortly


2014
June


Independent Living Event 26th June 2014. 10am to 4pm - The Civic Hall, Blackshots Lane, Grays


The event poster is available here


To provide Advice, information and guidance for disabled people, older people and carers.
 
To showcase the range of information, support services, products, ideas and innovation that is available to support independent living in Thurrock.

It will be facilitated by Thurrock Coalition, the ULO for Thurrock with the aim of empowering disabled people through information, advice, guidance and support.

The Audience
People who use Adult Social Care and individuals with an interest in community based solutions – it will be an opportunity to learn about the services available to them locally in Thurrock to support them to live independent lives.

Local Organisations (Private/Voluntary/Independent) - an opportunity to highlight products and increase awareness about their services to an ever increasingly powerful customer base.

Professionals (e.g. People working in Social Care) – an opportunity to publicise the support services they offer and to learn about the diversity of services available so they are better able to support clients, family members and carers.

Where: The Civic Hall, Blackshots Lane, Grays, Essex
When: Thursday 26th June 2014 - 10am to 4pm

Format:    25 Stallholders - Members of the public can drop in – throughout the day for information & advice and to find out more about the Journey towards Independent Living (Scenarios for attendees). There will also be Lived Experience Videos screening throughout the day.


Themes / areas of interest at the stalls/stands:
•    Housing (Allocations/Adaptations)
•    Lifestyle and Leisure (Sport)
•    Domestic Support, Personal Support, Telecare & Direct Payments
•    Repairs and Maintenance Services
•    Services for Carers
•    Staying Independent – Mobility – Disability Dogs
•    Support and Advice (including Welfare Benefits)
•    Transport
•    Work and Employment
•    Community Safety/Safeguarding

For more information call 01375 389 864, or contact us via the website



2014
April

"Commitment to Care in Thurrock" Hustings Event


Thurrock Coalition is hosting a "Commitment to Care in Thurrock" hustings event at The Beehive on 24th April 2014 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.


Adult Social Care funding, provision and delivery is increasingly vital to disabled people, older people, their families and carers.

This is your chance to hear what the political leaders in Thurrock will pledge to do for the Adult Social Care Services in Thurrock.

Format of the evening:
Each political leader will be asked to speak for 2 minutes on the following
topic:

“A Commitment to Care in Thurrock -  What does this mean for a budget
constrained Thurrock Council”

There will be:
Time for representatives to answer questions in a Question Time chaired style from the audience.
Discussion and debate around issues relating to the future provision and
delivery of Adult Social Care Services in Thurrock.

More details available here


2013

December

"Assessments Ahead!" You Said, We Did - Follow Up Event
Following our event on 3rd December 2012, we have invited Council Officers - Heads of Service and Service Managers to update participants on the progress made on the Customer Journey Practice Manual. Anyone interested is welcome to come and find out how peoples' input and views have influenced:
Adult Social Care Practice
The Customer Journey
The Customer Charter and Service Standards
The Event poster is available here

2013
November

Thurrock Council Adult Social Care Peer Challenge
Our Programme Co-ordinator is a member of the On-site Peer Challenge Team, which will be carrying out the Thurrock Council Adult Social Care Peer Challenge between 19th-21st November 2013. The Thurrock Coalition "Pre-Challenge" Activities report is available here

Thurrock Coalition hosts the
Thurrock Mental Health Service User & Carer Forum

Date: Monday, 11th November, 2013
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Venue: The Beehive, West Street, Grays RM17 6XP
Topic: Crisis Support

Providing you with the opportunity to meet other people and get involved in what is happening in Mental Health Services

Come along, share your opinions and we can make sure your voice is heard and listened to.

2013
October

Building Positive Futures: Making the Case for Timely Intervention

In relation to the Thurrock Council "Building Positive Futures" programme, Thurrock Council Adult Social Care commissioned a qualitative review of individuals known to Adult Social Care, through a combination of desktop analysis and qualitative interviews with the individuals, their families and carers concerned. This enabled an holistic analysis, examining information on episodes of poor health and well-being.  The review worked backwards from a crisis point to identify likely causal factors and pre-existing conditions. Costs arising to the health and social care economy as a result of the crisis were also identified.
The aim of the project is to test the following proposition:

More timely (and lower cost) interventions would prevent or delay the need for more intensive (and higher cost) care and support services.

It is envisaged that the information generated from the research will inform the understanding, knowledge and future development of the Adult Social Care “Building Positive Futures” policy-making process, practical application and implementation in Thurrock.


2013
September

Thurrock Peer Challenge


Thurrock Coalition was invited to play a key role in informing the upcoming Thurrock Council Adult Social Care Peer Challenge. To this end, Thurrock Coalition designed, developed and facilitated a number of “Pre Challenge” Focus Groups throughout September 2013 in order to engage Citizens of Thurrock, people who use services, parents, families and voluntary sector colleagues to explore and discuss Thurrock Council’s progress in terms of the Transformation agenda and the Building Positive Futures programme in a solution-focused manner. The report is available here.


Thurrock Personal Social Services Survey


In February 2013 Thurrock Adult Social Care sent you a survey regarding the social care and support you receive. 

After reviewing all results Thurrock Council found that feelings of safety have declined and they would like to understand what can be done to help to improve this.

Thurrock Coalition are organising and facilitating a workshop which will be facilitated by the Thurrock Coalition on Tuesday 10th December 2013, we are proposing two sessions at The Beehive, West Street, Grays, RM17 6XP; one session in the morning 10am-12pm and one in the afternoon 2pm till 4pm. You would only need to attend one of the sessions. We would like to have around 30 people to attend each session.

During the workshop you will be asked to think about what things make you safe at the moment and what things you would like to happen that would make you feel safer.  This could be things in your home or outside your home.  The workshop will include speaking in small groups to other people who live in the community and there will also be lots of opportunities for you to write down any concerns or suggestions and post them in a box.

For more information and to book a place, please call: 01375 652643  Between 10am and 12pm or 2pm and 4pm.



2013

May


Sport For You Event - May 16th 2013

Thurrock Diversity Network recently ran an survey in Thurrock to find out about your experiences when looking for accessible sports activities and clubs in Thurrock. The results will help to inform our next engagement event.

We hope that by sharing experiences and advice we can influence the improvement of services in the future.

The "Sport for You" event is taking place on 16th May 2013 from 2pm-5pm at The Beehive. A poster invitation can be downloaded here

The aims of the day are:
i) To map current provision of sports activities for disabled people (of all impairment types) in Thurrock
ii) To identify current barriers to inclusion and participation in sport for disabled people in Thurrock (including what's missing)
iii) To begin to develop solutions for the removal of all such barriers (including looking at what types of sports opportunities people would like more of)

There will be speakers on the day, including representatives from local leisure/sports providers, the English Federation of Disability Sport and Thurrock Council followed by time to discuss issues and ideas in breakout groups.

We would very much like to invite individuals, people who use services, their families and carers as well as leisure, recreation and sports club providers to attend on the day.

2013

April


Thurrock Centre for Independent Living (TCIL) will be running a Sensory Day.
For individuals, carers and family members to come along and find out about:
Technology, Mobility and Orientation, Employment, Leisure and Education for people with Sensory Impairments living in Thurrock. The event will be taking place on Thursday 11th April 2013 at the Thurrock Adult Community College,
Richmond Road, Grays, Essex. RM17 6DN
Drop in anytime from 1pm to 7pm. The poster can be found here


2013
March


Following on from the Housing Hurdles event that was hosted by Thurrock Coalition in July 2012 - we facilitated a follow up event on March 4th 2013 at 2pm at The Beehive, on behalf of the Thurrock Council Housing Directorate, based upon a "You Said, We Did" format. We looked at the progress and changes made as a direct result of the event in July 2012. The Director of Housing and Senior Service Managers attended to provide feedback. The report and recommendations can be found here.



2012
December
The next Thurrock Coalition event - "Assessments Ahead!" is taking place on 3rd December 2012. It will aim to develop social care assessment practice through a thematic-based approach.  We will be looking at what makes an effective and successful assessment conversation between people who use services and social care practitioners.  We are running this event to coincide with International Day of Disabled People 2012. Details can be found here and here


2012

Oct/Nov

Changes to housing Benefit and Council Tax Support
Thurrock Diversity Network has recently discussed the changes to Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support and how these will impact disabled people, older people and carers. In particular we looked at Under-occupation, Second bedrooms for carers, What constitutes "significantly adapted" accommodation. TDN then designed and developed questions which were put to the Thurrock Council Benefits Team Manager and staff, who came to  the TDN November meeting. A copy of the Q & A is here


2012
Sept
The next Full Board of Thurrock Coalition will be taking place on 28th September 2012


2012

Aug
Thurrock Diversity Network will be carrying out  consultation work with  it's members around the Draft Care and Support Bill. This work will inform a network-wide response, detailing views, observations and any concerns about the content of the Bill. The government's consultation is open until 19th October 2012. The EasyRead summary is available here

2012

July

The most recent Thurrock Coalition event looked to inform the Thurrock Council Autism Strategy through  "cafe style" group work, linking the topics to the 7 Outcomes identified by the National Autism Strategy. There is an Autism Strategy Consultation Survey available on Thurrock Council's website. The consultation will run until 30th September 2012. Thurrock Coalition ran a mapping exercise alongside this project and consulted with Provider Services in the borough to scope current autism specific services in Thurrock - This ran until 9th November 2012


2012
June
The next Thurrock Coalition event entitled Housing Hurdles will look at issues around access to housing and housing services in the borough. It will be taking place on July 5th 10am-2pm at The Beehive, Grays. The event details and poster can be downloaded here
 
2012
April 
Thurrock Coalition intends to undertake projects dealing with: Housing issues facing disabled people, The Local  Account, The  Review of Adult Social Care      Assessment, Support/Commissioning Forms



"The Care Act Unpacked" Events - February to April 2015


Between October 2014 and January 2015, the Thurrock Council Care Act 2014 Working Group, agreed, in co-production with Thurrock Coalition, to develop a Communications Plan to engage with people who use services, their families and carers, to emphasise and publicise the new legislation, the main changes, differences and it’s practical implications for everyone.

Council Officers were then assigned specific topic areas, based upon interest and specialism. The topics covered the key elements and changes under the new legislation, including:

o    Information and Advice

o    Promoting Wellbeing, Prevention, Delay, Reducing the need for care and support

o    Assessment and Eligibility

o    Advocacy

o    Carers’ rights

o    Funding and Finance

In order to implement the Communications Plan, Thurrock Council engaged Thurrock Coalition to facilitate a series of workshops aimed at People who use Services, of all impairment types, Older people, Carers, parents, family members, relatives and, people not yet disabled.

The “Care Act Unpacked” Workshops were a series of information workshops held across Thurrock, in Tilbury, South Ockendon and Grays to raise awareness, knowledge and understanding of the Care Act 2014..

The new Care Act 2014 is the biggest reform to the social care system in the UK since the NHS was created 66 years ago. The Care Act simplifies all the other laws and tries to make it clear exactly what care people can expect.

The Report & Recommendations are available here.


"Health, Wealth & Your Money: Carers Rights Day", 28th November 2014


The Thurrock Coalition - Health, Wealth & Your Money - Event Report and Recommendations - December 2014 is now available to download here.

The event was facilitated by Thurrock Coalition, the ULO for Thurrock in partnership with CARIADS (to coincide with Carers Rights Day 2014),
The key aims of the event were to:
• Empower Carers & disabled people through information, advice, guidance and support.

• Raise awareness and provide information and advice to Carers, Disabled people, family members, older people on issues of health, wealth and your money, helping people to make their money go further, looking into and discussing issues such as financial safety, trading standards, safeguarding, lasting power of attorney, credit unions, welfare reform, welfare benefits, rights, entitlements, income maximisation and how people can mitigate cumulative impact of welfare reform.

Note: The Presentations for each Speaker can be found at the end of the Report. In Microsoft Word - Double-Left click on each presentation to open it


"Think Autism" Strategy Workshop 26th September 2014

Think Autism is the Government’s new strategy for improving the lives of adults with autism in England, and was published on 2 April 2014. It is an update to the first Adult Autism Strategy, Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives, which was published in 2010. It is relevant to England only (the devolved administrations have their own strategies).

Think Autism does not replace the original Adult Strategy but builds on the themes and recommendations put forward by the 2010 Strategy because these remain the building blocks for creating better services and support for adults with autism

Council Officers and Commissioners at Thurrock Council recognise that the current draft Autism Strategy in Thurrock needs to be updated to reflect the changes and recommendations contained within Think Autism and to more accurately reflect the needs of people with autism and their families, to recognise issues, anxieties and questions and plan accordingly.


The workshop provided a valuable opportunity to explore the Thurrock specific issues, to identify relevant Actions and Priorities and to link these to the Think Autism Outcomes. We will also be facilitating a new User and Carer-Led Autism Monitoring Action Group to oversee progress and implementation of the Strategy.


The event report and recommendations are available here


Thurrock Coalition Independent Living Event - 26th June 2014

The Thurrock Coalition Independent Living Event was the result of 3 months planning, consultation and co-ordination between individuals and groups throughout the Coalition networks across Thurrock. The event planning was spearheaded and co-ordinated by Thurrock Coalition with support from the Coalition partners, namely Thurrock Centre for Independent Living (TCIL), Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions (TLS), Thurrock Mind and Thurrock Diversity Network (TDN).

The event itself comprised of 23 stallholders and attracted over 160 individuals, representatives, groups, organisations and companies on the day and provided an excellent opportunity for awareness raising, information sharing and networking for all attendees. It is hoped that such links will strengthen the foundations of the sector and provide a basis for similar public events in the future.

The purpose of the event was to provide a platform for Advice, information and guidance for disabled people, older people and carers, living in Thurrock. In particular to showcase the range of information, support services, products, ideas and innovation that is available to support independent living in the borough.

The Event Report is available here


Thurrock Coalition and Healthwatch Thurrock - Care Quality in Thurrock - Consultation on the Care Quality Commission’s Proposals for a new approach to inspecting Social Care Services 
Thurrock Coalition and Healthwatch Thurrock were invited by Service Managers at Thurrock Council to run several consultation events around the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) proposals for a new approach to inspecting Social Care Services. To this end, we ran 3 workshop style opportunities for people and organisations/providers to have their say and input into the consultation.  The “Care Quality in Thurrock” event was held in order engage Citizens of Thurrock, people who use services, service providers (from residential care, extra care domiciliary care and supported living settings) along with Third Sector groups in order to explore, discuss and emphasise the important factors, evidence, information and lived experience indicators that should inform any new CQC inspection criteria.


The Report and Recommendations are available here


Thurrock Council - Fairness in Thurrock Overview & Scrutiny Review

Thurrock Council has recently established an Overview and Scrutiny review into Fairness in Thurrock. The panel will aim to identify whether Thurrock would benefit from a fairness commission, or an alternative, to better build on the work already being undertaken in the Borough to deliver the best possible outcomes for local people - particularly those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged and who may experience discrimination, including people with protected characteristics.

In order to inform this work the panel has arranged a stakeholder workshop to seek the views of key community partners. This will be held on:

30 January 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Committee Rooms 2 and 3,
Civic Offices, New Road, Grays

This will provide an opportunity to outline the review’s work to date, and to seek input into key questions including:

  • If there was one thing you could change in Thurrock to make the Borough 'fairer' what would it be?
  • Do you feel people living across Thurrock have fair access to services and fair access to opportunities?
  • Are there any areas where you believe individuals living and working in Thurrock need extra support?


The panel would be pleased to receive any key strategies, programmes of work, evidence or data sets prior to the workshop that can be reflected the Panel's final report.

To this end, Thurrock Coalition compiled a work stream report and also collated feedback via Thurrock Diversity Network, aimed at addressing the questions detailed above. The Report is available here



Assessments Ahead! "You Said, We Did" Report & Recommendations

The “Assessments Ahead! – You Said, We Did” Follow Up Event was held in order to engage Citizens of Thurrock, carers and families and Council Officers to discuss the steps taken and progress made by Thurrock Council’s Adult Social Care Directorate, in Co-production with Thurrock Coalition since the original event held in December 2012.
The You Said, We Did format provided an opportunity for participants to find out how their views and input have influenced Adult Social Care Practice, The Customer Journey, the Customer Charter and associated Service Standards over the last 12 months. The report and recommendations can be found here.


Safety Solutions - Personal Social Services Survey (PSS) Workshop Event
The “Safety Solutions” Event was held in order to engage Citizens of Thurrock, carers and families and Council Officers to discuss the results of the Personal Social Services (PSS) annual survey – specifically in relation to how safe people who use Adult Social Care feel in Thurrock.
The format of the event was based around small breakout groups – each of which was asked to think about ”feeling safe in Thurrock”, to address the following issues and to feedback to the main group:
Who makes me feel less safe?
What makes me feel less safe?
Why do I feel less safe?
Where and when do I feel less safe?
The groups were then asked to discuss what could be done to improve feelings of safety in the borough. 

The report and recommendations can be found here.


Building Positive Futures: Making the Case for Timely Intervention
In relation to the Thurrock Council "Building Positive Futures" programme, Thurrock Council Adult Social Care commissioned a qualitative review of individuals known to Adult Social Care, through a combination of desktop analysis and qualitative interviews with the individuals, their families and carers concerned. This enabled an holistic analysis, examining information on episodes of poor health and well-being.  The review worked backwards from a crisis point to identify likely causal factors and pre-existing conditions. Costs arising to the health and social care economy as a result of the crisis were also identified.
The aim of the project is to test the following proposition:

More timely (and lower cost) interventions would prevent or delay the need for more intensive (and higher cost) care and support services.

It is envisaged that the information generated from the research will inform the understanding, knowledge and future development of the Adult Social Care “Building Positive Futures” policy-making process, practical application and implementation in Thurrock. The report will be available shortly.


Thurrock Peer Challenge

Thurrock Coalition has been invited to play a key role in informing the upcoming Thurrock Council Adult Social Care Peer Challenge. To this end, Thurrock Coalition designed, developed and facilitated a number of “Pre Challenge” Focus Groups throughout September 2013 in order to engage Citizens of Thurrock, people who use services, parents, families and voluntary sector colleagues to explore and discuss Thurrock Council’s progress in terms of the Transformation agenda and the "Building Positive Futures" programme in a solution-focused manner. The report is available here.

Our Programme Co-ordinator is also a member of the On-site Peer Challenge Team, which will be carrying out the Peer Challenge between 19th-21st November 2013.



Workforce Planning - Observation of Training Project

This work stream follows directly from the co-productive project undertaken by Thurrock Coalition and Thurrock Council to inform, design and develop a Workforce Strategy For Thurrock (see below). After undertaking the project focus groups (September 2011-November 2011) and subsequent follow up event (February 2012) Representatives from both Thurrock Coalition and Thurrock Council respectively wanted to maintain the momentum of good co-production and to ensure that the strategy was implemented and that training “on the ground” accurately reflected the letter and spirit of the Workforce Planning Outcomes.

With this in mind, and to enable Thurrock Council to evidence the impact of the implementation of the identified outcomes, a series of Engagement activities were developed to include:
Observing training –implementation of the strategy between August-October 2012
Small groups/Large groups/Observing and Feedback on training delivery.
This would ensure that:
Thurrock Coalition would be involved and engaged in the completion and early implementation of the Workforce Strategy
The learning from service users can be maximsed
The next phase of the workstream would be a valuable opportunity for Thurrock Coalition, its networks, organisations and individual citizens of Thurrock to help to review and observe the delivery of “In-House” Adult Social Care training and associated modules.

The Report and Recommendations is available here


Sport For You - Action Plan, Event Report & Recommendations May 2013

Thurrock Coalition was invited by Senior Officers at Thurrock Council to look into ways of sustaining the interest and momentum behind the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, focussing upon increasing participation, inclusion and involvement in sports, activities and recreation in Thurrock for individuals of all impairment types.
One of the main issues that needed to be addressed was access to information and awareness of: what sport/activity related opportunities are actually available in Thurrock and how people can be encouraged to get involved within the local area.

The “Sport For You” event was held in order engage Citizens of Thurrock, parents, carers and families and Council Members Officers and Third Sector groups to explore, map and discuss current and potential future provision of Sport and Activity for Disabled people in Thurrock.

The Action Plan developed from the feedback on the day the day is available here
The full event report (with recommendations) is available here

Informing the Thurrock Council Adult Social Care Assessment Practice as part of the "Customer Journey"
Thurrock Coalition was recently asked by Thurrock Council to help to develop social care assessment practice through a thematic-based approach. We looked at what makes an effective and successful assessment conversation between people who use services and social care practitioners.  We ran the event to coincide with International Day of Disabled People 2012. Details can be found here and here

The final report - containing findings and recommendations can be found here


Informing the Autism Strategy for Thurrock

One of our main aims is to consult and engage with residents of Thurrock to help shape and influence Thurrock Council policies and strategies around Adult Social Care. To this end we planned and facilitated an event to gather views from individuals, parents and carers on the current provision of services for people on the Autistic Spectrum living in Thurrock.
The updated report now includes findings, recommendations, conclusions and the collated results of a Thurrock Council online survey and a Thurrock Coalition online survey of current Autism-specific service provision in the borough. The report will be used to directly shape and inform the Thurrock Autism Strategy.
Our report is available here.


Workforce Planning
One of our main aims is to consult and engage with residents of Thurrock to help shape and influence Thurrock Council policies and strategies around Adult Social Care.
Our report (including findings, recommendations and conclusions) is available here.
 
Detailing the local impact of the Government's welfare reform programme
Using borough-specific statistics from the DWP and ONS we provide detailed analysis of the effects of the welfare reforms upon Thurrock, particularly in terms of socio-economic implications, increased poverty and vulnerability of disabled people, older people, their families and carers. The main report and supplementary are available here and here
 

Informing a Sensory Strategy for Thurrock
One of our main aims is to consult and engage with residents of Thurrock to help shape and influence Thurrock Council policies and strategies around Adult Social Care.
Our report (including findings, recommendations and conclusions) is available here.

Powerful Partnerships - Partnership Board Scoping event
The recent "Powerful Partnerships" event, held on 8 March looked into the importance of co-operation, co-ordination and collaboration between Adult Social Care, Health, LINk and the Partnership Boards that operate in Thurrock to highlight and discuss future plans. Thurrock Coalition has designed and developed a "Partnership Board Charter" to help to build capacity and consistency between the respective Partnership Boards. The full report is available here.

Informing a Transition Strategy for Thurrock
Thurrock Coalition recently ran a number of workshops consulting with young people in transition in order to inform the Thurrock Council Transition Strategy. The results, findings and recommendations are currently being collated and the full report is available here


Response to the Thurrock Joint Compact 2012
Thurrock's local compact is the agreed framework to strengthen working relations between the public, voluntary and community sectors. Thurrock Coalition's response to the Compact Consultation document is available here


Housing Hurdles Event Report & Recommendations

The Housing Hurdles Event was held in order engage key organisations in the Third Sector including as well as Citizens of Thurrock, and Council Officers to explore and discuss issues around housing specifically affecting disabled people in Thurrock. The issues covered included: accessibility, assessments, experiences, delays, homelessness, equipment, adaptations and priority within the allocation system. 


The event provided a valuable opportunity to explore the strengths of the Housing service in Thurrock and included discussions around what has worked/is working well presently and what has not worked so well and how to improve this moving forward based upon the lived experience of Thurrock Citizens. Further engagement events in the form of Issue Specific Focus Groups are planned in Co-production between Thurrock Coalition and Thurrock Council’s Housing Directorate. Our report (including findings, recommendations and conclusions) is available here.



Thurrock Coalition - National level Consultation Responses, Projects and Reports

Thurrock Coalition submission of evidence for the Scope Extra Costs Commission

As a DPULO we have a direct interest in supporting and enabling Disabled People to live independent lives and to ensure that voices are heard and that people are listened to. A meeting of our Consultation and Campaigning Partner Organisation – Thurrock Diversity Network, a registered Co-operative, was called, and our members consulted and views were gathered around the key themes relating to the added costs of living with impairments. The feedback appears under the headings suggested by the Extra Costs Commission, namely:
 How the market is working for disabled people
 The quality, choice, price and availability of products and services
 Suggestions for how markets could better drive down extra costs.
 Changing infrastructure – How this affects disabled people
 Suggestions on changing infrastructure to improve access, meet needs and drive down extra costs.




Information on the Extra Costs Commission can be found here
The submission of evidence is available here


Response to the Government proposals to close the Independent Living Fund (ILF) in 2015

The consultation seeks views on the impact that closing the Independent Living Fund (ILF) in 2015 would have on users, local authorities and the wider care and support systems across the UK. The Government would also like your views on how closure could be managed in a way which would minimise disruption to the care and support needs of existing ILF users.


Thurrock Coalition has responded to the consultation on the future of the ILF. Our response can be found here


Response to the consultation on the new Draft Care and Support Bill & White Paper
The Draft Care and Support Bill has been published. It creates a single law for adult care and support, replacing more than a dozen different pieces of legislation. It provides the legal framework for putting into action some of the main principles of the White Paper, ‘Caring for our future: reforming care and support’, and also includes some health measures.

Thurrock Coalition has responded to the consultation on the Draft Care and Support Bill & White Paper. Our response can be found here


Detailing the local impact of the Government's welfare reform programme
Using borough-specific statistics from the DWP and ONS we provide detailed analysis of the effects of the welfare reforms upon Thurrock, particularly in terms of socio-economic implications, increased poverty and vulnerability of disabled people, older people, their families and carers. The main report and supplementary are available here and here


Response to the Government's National Disability Strategy - Office of Disability Issues (ODI)

Thurrock Coalition has responded to the proposed ODI Disability Strategy. Our response can be found here




 
Thurrock


ResponsiveVoice used under Non-Commercial License