Surrey County Council has let another organisation help severely disabled people live independently with a view to improving the service and saving around £150,000 a year.
Avenues Trust Support Services is taking charge of a supported accommodation facility that gives those with the most complex needs their own home with trained staff who know their requirements close at hand.
The decision was driven by the council’s aim to provide the best possible support while maximising value for money. Under the council’s new approach, it is seeking out ways to work with other organisations, both public and private, to harness their expertise and make Surrey stronger.
To help ensure the best operator was chosen, disabled people, families and carers played a full part in examining bids.
Michael Gosling, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “The most important thing is ensuring disabled people build an independent future in their own homes and communities, no matter who helps.
“By harnessing the expertise of Avenues Trust, we’re making sure we give people maximum control and so they can live their lives as they choose.
“This is very much part of our approach that recognises that those best placed to run services should be given the freedom to do so in the best interest of Surrey.”
The change will bring disabled people closer to their families and save the council money on finding places outside Surrey.
Avenues Trust has been given a five-year contract to run the Squirrel Lodge facility in Woking for up to six people.