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Decommissioning of Prevention Service for Adult Social Care Service – Visually Impaired Service

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NASSNAB2018

Currently, Northamptonshire County Council commissions (i.e. buys) a number
of services through Northamptonshire Association for the Blind (NAB).
These services offer adults with sight loss advice, help and practical support to
overcome the emotional and practical challenges of living with sight loss. This
helps them to live as full, active and independent a life as possible in their own
home and/or with their family or carer.
The services we buy from NAB helps those adults who require support due to
their sight loss to:
 Receive help to overcome the emotional trauma of sight loss, maintain a
positive outlook on life and retain personal independence. This includes
advice, guidance and support to:
o cook safely when they have poor eyesight, and with food storage
and preparation
o get out and about i.e. doing the shopping
o stay safe in and around the home
o other daily living skills
o get advice and guidance on the availability of health, social care,
employment and other services, and benefits and entitlements that
might help them overcome whatever challenges they might be
struggling with as a result of their sight loss
 Receive advice on the availability, suitability and use of specialist aids and
equipment. These range from simple items such as bump-ons, talking
watches, talking books and magazines, mobility aids, talking kitchen
equipment plus task and other forms of lighting through to assistive
technology such as magnifiers and telecare products.
 Receive advice on the use of suitable ICT equipment such as smart
phones, tablets, computers and voice activated devices.
 Receive help on using the internet including online shopping and social
media.
 Support people to meet and socialise with other people who have similar,
or different levels of sight loss at various locations within
Northamptonshire.
 Help people to learn new skills or to enjoy new hobbies, cultural activities,
leisure pursuits and sporting activities.
 Discover how to make use of existing skills or how to enjoy again many of
the activities and interests they used to enjoy before their sight loss.
NAB can provide their advice, guidance and support to those that need it at
either one of NAB’s sight centres or support within a person’s own home.
However, due to its current poor financial situation the Council is now having to
consider if the above services should be stopped or provided in a different way.
We would like to hear your views.
The deadline for this consultation is 5pm on 8th November 2018

Northamptonshire County Council’s Local Offer for Care Leavers

In line with new legislation, Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) will be publishing a ‘Local Offer for Care Leavers’ (also known as the “Offer”) showing all the services that the NCC provides to young people leaving care.
 
Working with a variety of people including young people in care we have developed Northamptonshire County Council’s Local Offer for Care Leavers (draft). We are now seeking the views of stakeholders (care leavers themselves and other interested parties) before we prepare the final document for publication in early 2019.
 
The final “Offer” document will be developed using feedback from the consultation and will be published on the Young Northants website (www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/youngnorthants), but will also be available in a paper version.
 
How to have your say
Two questionnaires have been developed, one which is specifically for care leavers and one which is specifically for organisations and other interested people.
 
Before you answer the questions we ask that you read through the “Offer”, available on the Consultation Register.
 
This consultation closes at 5pm on Wednesday 28th November 2018.

Northampton Town Centre Parking Proposals

In February this year, Northamptonshire County Council agreed its budget for 2018-19 and the medium term plan (to 2021-22), which included making a number of changes to how on-street parking is provided within the Northampton Town Centre Pay and Display Zone.
 
The changes are required to align with Northampton Borough Council’s off-street parking operations, and to simplify the on-street parking provision within the central area. The proposals also aim to improve the availability of parking, reduce congestion and to rationalise the times so that they are more convenient for the public.
 
Please visit our website for further information.
 
Have your say
You can give us your views by writing to us or emailing us using the contact details on the Consultation Register. Please visit this page for further information, including details of the proposed changes and maps.
 
This consultation closes on Thursday 18 October 2018.
 
Details of this consultation and other past and present consultations are available on Northamptonshire County Council’s Consultation Register.