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Promoting Independence

We would like to hear your views on principles we are developing to support people seeking adult social care services. We are particularly interested to hear from local community groups.

People have consistently told us that they wish to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible. Evidence tells us that the support we provide can often make someone more dependent on care, rather than aiding recovery and allowing them to overcome problems for themselves. As well as ensuring we continue to help those people with the greatest needs, we have to consider the roles family, friends, and communities play in supporting people.

In order to do this, we have developed some principles called ‘Promoting Independence’ which we want your views on.

The proposed ‘Promoting Independence’ principles are:

  • Personal Strengths and Preferences – focus on peoples’ strengths and the things that matter to them.
  • Relationships – support people to maintain and develop rewarding social and family relationships
  • Community Links – enable people to make connections with other people, groups and universal services in their communities
  • Supportive Communities – Work with partners to develop communities and community groups, and encourage them to make the most of their ability to support people.

We would like to hear whether you agree with these principles, how you can be part of Promoting Independence, and what barriers you think there are. At this stage we are particularly interested to hear from community groups who can:

  • Include and support members who have health and care needs.
  • Get information and support to help those needing health or care.
  • Connect with and support people at risk of social isolation


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