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55 residents with complex needs currently benefit from a range of daytime services

Herefordshire Council has today (Tuesday 8 May) committed to developing the current services available for adults with learning disabilities and additional complex needs.

The council is committing £1.85million over the next five years to continue improving learning disability services for some of the county’s most vulnerable people.  The current contract for running these services ends in November, after being run by Aspire since April 2017. 

A competitive tender process will commence in early summer to appoint a provider to deliver Herefordshire’s learning disability day services over the next five years.  The contract will specify a requirement for the services to continue to develop and improve, in partnership with the council, to ensure they’re fully meeting the ongoing needs of the county’s vulnerable residents.

Councillor Paul Rone, Cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said:

“As a council, it’s imperative for us to continue providing high quality services across the county, especially for our more vulnerable residents.  This is why we’re committed to further developing services for adults with learning disabilities and additional complex needs and have allocated £1.85million over the next five years.

“The service will provide a wider range of appropriate activities for those with learning disabilities and their families, which will help them to become more active in their own communities and build lasting relationships.  It will also meet the aims and outcomes highlighted in our pending Learning Disability Strategy, which will be considered by Cabinet in June.

“We appreciate that a stable and structured routine can be essential for people with learning disabilities, which is why it’s so important to offer a long term contract.  The five year contract will not only allow us to develop long term services, but will also provide more security and stability and less disruption to those accessing the services and their families.”    


During an engagement event in April, family members told the council:

“For us it’s about keeping and maintaining the skills that our son has and everyone is working together to do this.”

“The service works flexibly around the person; we could not do without this support.”

To find out more about the proposal, please read the day opportunities Cabinet member report.

Published: Tuesday, 8th May 2018