05 Sep 2017

Health matters at social care event

Social care services provided locally on the Island will be the focus of an event being held by Isle of Wight Council’s Adult Social Services.

The Adult Social Services Health and Social Care Market event will be taking place at The Riverside Centre, Newport, over the weekend of Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September, between 10am to 4pm on both days.

The event is designed to advice residents about the help and support available through Adult Social Services, voluntary organisations and social care providers.

Cabinet member for adult social care and public health, Councillor Clare Mosdell, said: “We are keen to promote local services to residents and a range of organisations will be on hand at the event. This will be a great chance to find out more about what help and advice is on offer.

“The council is keen to do what we can to help coordinate the best health and social care for residents so I would strongly encourage the public to attend and find out about options which may help to make their lives easier at that crucial point when they are making decisions about their own care or that of their loved ones.”

There will be short, informative talks on the first day (Saturday 9 September) from healthcare professionals. Carol Tozer, Isle of Wight Council Director of Adult Social Services and Care, will be presenting a talk at 11am and 1.30pm on: Care Close to Home: a new strategy for adult social care, discussing the council’s vision to help people to maintain or improve their wellbeing and to live as independently as possible.

Laura Rice, the manager at Wightcare, will be sharing information on the services they can provide, at 12.00pm and 2.30pm. Wightcare provides a community alarm and telecare service to enable Island residents to live independently in their own homes and are the only Island based service which installs and maintains equipment, monitors calls 24/7 and provides a mobile responder service.

Lastly, Mark Kelly, from Socialising Buddies will be giving an outline on what help and services they can provide for adults with learning disabilities, at 1.00pm and at 3.30pm. Their aim is to support adults with learning disabilities with to meet new people, develop choice making skills, develop self-esteem and social skills, develop independence skills and visit new places.

Providing a musical interlude at The Riverside Centre will be the Summertime Breeze Jazz Trio, who will be playing on the Saturday.

Organisations that will be at the event include:
• Wightcare
• Earl Mountbatten Hospice
• Public health – IW Wellbeing
• Local Area Coordinators 
• Fire Service – Fire Community Safety
• The Sensory Service
• Island Healthcare
• Haylands Farm
• Socialising Buddies
• Say Care
• Orchard House
• Solent Grange
• People Matter

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The event is designed to advice residents about the help and support available.
The event is designed to advice residents about the help and support available.
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  • The Adult Social Services Health and Social Care Market event will be taking place at The Riverside Centre, Newport.
  • The event will take place over the weekend of Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September, between 10am to 4pm on both days.
 
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