NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), working with local partners, is running a series of drop-in sessions for individuals who may be interested in setting up their own ‘Small Supports’ organisations to care for people with a learning disability and/or autism.
‘Small Supports’ are small, community-focused organisations which offer intensive support that is bespoke to each individual and centred around their needs. This helps the person with a learning disability or autism to have support shaped around them and their life in the community, which could include work, volunteering, having friends and contributing to their community as citizens.
People who set up ‘Small Supports’ organisations would be self-employed and would become micro-providers of support for people with a learning disability and/or autism in their local area.
Linda Lockwood, from NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG, said: “Our ambition locally is to increase the number of small, locally-grown organisations that are capable of offering bespoke support for people with a learning disability and autism so they can live independently in their own home and live a meaningful life in their community.
“Without the right local support, they would be placed, or at risk of being placed, away from their families, friends and communities.
“We are really keen to increase the choice of providers for this type of care, and to support local people to set up and run their own ‘Small Supports’ organisations.
“The CCG is hosting a number of virtual drop-in sessions for those who might be interested in setting up their own organisations, which is a fantastic opportunity to ask questions, find out more information and to learn more about the level assistance that’s on offer.”
The sessions will be held using Microsoft Teams on:
- Wednesday 24th June from 15:00 – 16:30
- Friday 26th June from 12:00 – 13:30