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Current consultations - all age, all disability approach to offer more people short breaks

We are committed to providing short breaks for adults with learning disabilities, and are looking into new ways to deliver these, and want local views on our proposals.

In June, cabinet approved a consultation to help ensure short breaks offer what people need.

Of 1,380 adults with disabilities in Gloucestershire, only 105 currently use residential respite. This decreased by nearly a third since 2011/12 when the figure was at 148, and is because many people prefer day activity breaks.

The consultation is asking for views on proposals that will still offer short residential breaks, but also provide more day activity breaks. This includes the proposal to consolidate the residential provision for Adults (currently offered from The Vicarage in Cheltenham) to the other two sites at Cathedral View in Gloucester and Longhouse in Stroud.

Currently, these homes are operating at 60 per cent capacity, with the council paying the cost for unused spaces. There are currently 36 service users that use The Vicarage. By consolidating the sites, the council can continue residential respite care into the future, whilst supporting more short breaks.

The three proposals that the council is currently consulting on are:

  1. Increase the opportunity of short breaks for people with complex needs by having accommodation available that will make it possible for personal assistants to attend and support users during these breaks
  2. Part of increasing short breaks will mean the children's service, Family Link will be joined with the reshaped Shared Lives Service to offer more respite opportunities
  3. Reshaping current residential breaks to make sure that capacity meets demand. This is in light of the reduced number accessing residential breaks and the increase in day breaks.

The current three month consultation runs until 10 October - take part here.

Some ‘drop-in’ sessions have already taken place; with some further ones still available to attend:

Vicarage, Andover Road, Cheltenham

5 September 2016


Cathedral View, Archdeacon Street, Gloucester

13 September 2016


Longhouse, Whitehouse Park, Stroud

26 August 2016

9 September 2016



 The consultation is open to anyone, and the council would very much like to hear from people about their experiences and opinions so come along to a ‘drop-in ‘or respond online.


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