North Wales Together is launched!
North Wales Together – a new seamless service for people with learning disabilities – held their inaugural conference in Llandudno recently.
The launch event introduced the newly established North Wales Together Project Team who will be working in partnership on the programme’s five workstreams:
The conference brought together people with a learning disability, their family members and carers and representatives from health, social services, community, voluntary and the third Sector. The event highlighted key themes that are embodied in the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. These are:
Voice and control – putting the individual and their needs at the centre of their care and giving them a voice in, and control over, reaching the outcomes that help them achieve well-being.
Prevention and early intervention – increasing preventative services within the community to minimise the escalation of critical need.
Well-being – supporting people to achieve their own well-being and measuring the success of care and support.
Co-production – encouraging individuals to become more involved in the design and delivery of services.
North Wales Together is a two-year transformation project funded by Welsh Government whose aim is to make sure health and social services work together better to support people with learning disabilities.
Flintshire County Council is the lead authority for this project and the team manager, Kathryn Whitfield, started in post in March. Since then she has successfully appointed ten officers from across North Wales to support the project.
Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Services, Councillor Christine Jones, said:
“This is a really exciting project and one of its main priorities is to establish effective communication between people who have a learning disability and others. As part of this, the team will develop and provide concise and easily accessible information. The team is developing a communication strategy, there will be regular bulletins, information via social media communications and regular events for the families and various stakeholders.”