23/12/2014 - Permalink

Council awarded £25,000 to invest in homes to enable people to live as independently as possible

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Shropshire Council has been awarded £25,000 as part of the Department for Heath’s Transforming Care programme.

The national programme, which follows findings of the Winterbourne View report, aims to ensure that when people are discharged from hospital they are appropriately and sustainably supported in their community to live a safe, independent and fulfilling life.

In Shropshire, the money will be used to invest in existing housing which may need specialist equipment, enabling vulnerable people to move back to the county to be closer to their friends and families, and live as independently as possible.

This is funding is in addition to other capital investments received from The Development Trust, a national charity, and means that Shropshire can continue to modernise and develop good quality supported living accommodation in all areas of the county.

Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult services – transformation and safeguarding, said:

“This is great news.  This extra money will help us to continue to support people and enable them to live in the county, instead of being away from Shropshire and their communities.

“We have been working tirelessly to develop a range of accommodation to support vulnerable people in their local communities for nearly two years now and we are very proud of what we have achieved so far.”