Principles met

  • We will develop systems that enable citizens to be equal partners in designing and commissioning public services and in determining the use of public resources.
  • We will promote community-based approaches to economic development that focus on supporting the creation of jobs, social enterprises and other businesses and providing an environment for co-operative and mutual enterprises to thrive.
  • We will embrace innovation in how we work with local communities to drive positive change.
  • We will support the development of a framework and criteria for social value, giving substance to the concept and supporting Councils with the tools to ensure better local social and economic outcomes.
  • In exploring new ways of meeting the priority needs of our communities we will encourage models, such as co-operatives and mutuals, which give greater influence and voice to staff and users. in designing and commissioning public services and in determining the use of public resources.

A partnership between South Tyneside Council and Age Concern Tyneside South has resulted in improved day opportunities for people with dementia. For the first time, both community and building-based support are on offer, depending on the nature and progression of the illness.

The new model for day opportunities sees staff from Age Concern talking to people to identify their needs, interests and aspirations and help them access community support to promote independence and wellbeing. This will enable people with dementia to remain connected to their communities and reduce social isolation, whilst providing carers with a much-needed break from their caring role.

By co-producing a solution with Age Concern and placing more of an emphasis on talking to people about their aspirations, more person-centred care can be delivered to help people to live better lives by achieving the things that really matter to them.

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