Building Better Lives

Gloucestershire County Council recently consulted on the Building Better Lives policy's principles. The policy is the basis of the council's direction of travel for the next ten years moving towards an all-age, all-disability approach.

The findings of the consultation and revised proposed policy were brought to cabinet and approved on July 23, 2014, followed by a period of co-produced implementation planning. 

Here is a video produced by people with learning disabilities attending Gloucestershire Voices Area Action Groups, giving their views on the consultation:

The proposed implementation plan was brought back to cabinet and approved on September 17th, 2014. It takes into account the national policy context, local perspectives and best practice principles about the structure and design of services.

Now approved, stage 2 of the implementation plan will be co-produced for an all age disability service that would be more effective, ensuring a smooth transition from childhood to adulthood, and services that are not divided up based on age or disability.   

This work is being overseen by the Building Better Lives Programme Board.

The Programme Board is supplemented by reference groups, including:

  • people with disabilities
  • carers
  • children and young people
  • Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic (BAME) groups,
  • districts

Work streams have been set up as part of the programme board's delivery of the implementation plan, including.

  • enablement and employment
  • outcome based commissioning
  • restructuring services
  • complex and challenging behaviour
  • electronic call monitoring
  • Brandon Trust initiative

We welcome your input within Building Better Lives. For any further questions or concerns, please contact:

Agy Pasek: agy.pasek@gloucestershire.gov.uk or 01452 32 8647

Accessible versions of information are available in Easy-Read, Large Print, Braille, and Audio cd's.

  • The complex and challenging behaviour work stream is hosting the 'Gloucestershire's Challenging Behaviour Concordat- One Year On' event on April 20th.             
  • The event will is a follow-on from last year's highly successful Challenging Behaviour Concordat launch.
  • The objective of the event will be to confirm people's ongoing commitment and to look back at progress in the area of challenging behaviour over the last year.

(A link to the concordat and further information can be found on the right hand side of this page)

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