Our new Strategy
We want to be The Best Borough in the North for everybody including a place where disabled people can access all areas and all parts of Calderdale life. This strategy is for everyone living, working, studying and visiting Calderdale.
Our strategy is about everyone, disabled people, family members, carers, friends, neighbours, employers, educators, decision makers, funders and planners. It aims to challenge thinking, change attitudes and inform Calderdale that disability and removing barriers is everyone’s responsibility and everyone has an important part to play. We want disabled people to be independent and equal in society, and have choice and control over their own lives.
Under the Equality Act 2010 a disability is defined as ‘a physical or mental impairment that has a 'substantial' and 'long-term' negative effect on a person's ability to do normal daily activities'.
Calderdale Council have led on the development of this initial 12 month strategy which aims to provide a first look at opportunities, facilities and activities across Calderdale. Through challenging and changing existing attitudes, looking at an initial action plan the aim is for the strategy to be led by disabled people and their organisations working with other partners. This strategy will report back on the consultation undertaken between February and May 2017 with a wide range of stakeholders.
We spoke to over 800 people, attended and delivered over events and 189 people responded to our online survey. Links to the Engagement reports will be coming soon!
All Age Disability Service
We are developing an All Age Disability Service for disabled children, young people, adults and their families, to help them achieve their aspirations and to live as independently as possible.
We’ve moved the Disabled Children, Learning Disability, Physical Disability, Portage and Early Years Support Teachers, Sensory, Special Educational Needs and Specialist Inclusion teams into Carlton Mills in Sowerby Bridge to form the All Age Disability Service. We still have work to do to make sure we get our approach right and we welcome and value the views, ideas and involvement of disabled people and their families, the organisations who work with them, and our partners.
A public consultation has taken place as part of the All Age Disability Strategy. This was done via online surveys, face to face consultation and events. Here are examples of what people told us:
"Hopefully it would enable a seamless transition to adulthood, with better anticipation and planning for the next steps."
"Reduce time spent repeating our story time and time again."
"I am hopeful that the All Age Disability Service would provide a smooth transition from childhood to adulthood as this has not been the case for us as a family."
"A clear pathway for provision plus a one stop shop for referrals and service delivery plus colleagues working together effectively will equal happier families."
- Social Care and Wellbeing Hub
- Gateway to Care – our first point of contact for adult social care
- Health and Social Care (Children and Young People)
- Learning Disability Website
- Local Offer for children with special needs and disabilities
- Disability Advice Resource Team
- Disability sport and activities
- Community Transport Calderdale
For more information please contact Kirsty McLeod, Service Manager, All Age Disability Service by email: Kirsty.McLeod@calderdale.gov.uk or telephone: 01422 39 3743.