This has been an exciting and busy year at HDP; so much so that it has been a challenge to keep this website up to date. Soon we will revamp this site to make it more accessible and up to date but in the mean time there are a few key developments within HDP that have greatly enhanced the service we provide.
HDP is a “Disabled people user lead organisation” ; this is not just a label but a core value of our organisation. People with disabilities have key roles as volunteers, staff and our board at HDP Their voice is listened to so that our service reflects their wishes, values, and choices as full citizens
We are commissioned to liaise with different community groups to ensure the voice of service users are heard when services are changed. We link with groups with the aim of ensuring their is real consultations before service changes. Domiciliary/home care , the council information portal, and the safeguarding of vulnerable adults, community mental health changes are some areas were our co production/co design role has had an impact.
The Old Town enabled community group is a borough wide group supported and facilitated by HDP. this is a large group of service users, carers and volunteers. The group has a social support role but most significantly it is consulted local NHS about service changes so the views of people who use the services are reflected . This has been crucial within the Safeguarding vulnerable adults service and the new disability information website from the council. My colleague Sue leads on this.
4) PA register
HDP manages a register of “Personal assistants” support workers who are able to access support and training via HDP. people with disabilities can access support through this register in a way that gives them both choice and security. we have over 200 people on our register of PAs. My colleague Pam leads in this area.
5) DISABILITY INFORMATION WEB SITE
Halton Council has asked HDP to manage and develop this information “portal”. HDP is revamping this important resource to make it up to date, relevant, accessible and “user friendly” . We are doing this in partnership with groups such as OTE in a real example of co production/co design. My colleague Lydia leads on this
6) SAFE GUARDING (vulnerable adults)
A key deliverable of HDP is to ensure the many people with disabilities we work with can access support/care that they choose via a personal budget. This gives real choice for people. In some communities vulnerable people with a personal budget have been exploited and financially abused by inscrutable people. HDP not only supports people in accessing care but monitors afterwards. This means people are safeguarded whilst at the same time being able to exercise their choice in their care.
HDP is also is a member of the Halton “Safeguarding Adults partnership board” so we are able to contribute to service developments that reflect the views of our service users. I ,( John) , leads on this.
7) WELFARE RIGHTS
HDP is committed to maximising peoples life chances be that socially, in education or employment. Some people need to claim benefits. This can be stressful, frustrating sand anxiety provoking. We offer a supportive, respectful service that is very valued across our community. Unfortunately this is a very small resource and demand is great but we do our best. My colleague Sue leads in this area.
Our main work in HDP is with people with disabilities. We have recently been asked to provide the same service for people with mental health challenges. This is an exiting and much needed resource . My colleague Teresa leads on this.
HDP have also been asked to provide our service for children with special educational needs (SEN). We are developing a similar support service for personal support and care to fully socially include vulnerable children in school and everyday life. My colleague Pam leads in this area.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR ENQUIRES ABOUT ANY ASPECT OF THE WORK OUR HDP TEAM DOES PLEASE RING ME, OR ANY OF THE TEAM ON: 01928 248 937