Disabled people in Wales are set to benefit from a new way of getting social care in the form of a scheme being rolled out across the country this month.
Delivered by the charity, Leonard Cheshire, the ‘Together as One’ project offers people who receive social care the choice to share activities, like swimming, with other disabled people in their area, rather than having to receive it on a one-on-one basis.
Disabled people can then connect with others that share common interests.
Leonard Cheshire’s CEO, Neil Heslop, announced the start of the new scheme at the National Assembly of Wales, alongside First Minister Mark Drakeford AM and Rebecca Evans AM, Finance and Trefnydd Minister.
Mr Drakeford said: “I am very pleased to be sponsoring the launch of this innovative scheme, which aims to bring people together and give them a real say in how they access their care.
“Its key objectives of reducing social isolation, increasing digital literacy and empowering people who receive direct payments, are all to be commended.
“Enabling local authorities to increase capacity and identify opportunities for reinvestment in social care are at the heart of the Innovate to Save Fund.
“We hope the pilot of this scheme in Anglesey will do exactly that and that its success can then be replicated across Wales.”
The national launch of the scheme follows a successful pilot in Anglesey last year, where participants took part in activities including drama workshops and photography sessions.
Mr Heslop said: “‘We are delighted to usher in a new pioneering approach to social care.
“Disabled people need to have more of a say, and more control of their care, and the Together as One initiative delivers it.
“Response to the pilot scheme has been very positive and we now want to bring its benefits to communities in the rest of Wales.”
Image credit: Leonard Cheshire