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Transforming a Floating Support Service in Brecon

Flexible care approach has enabled services to be extended within community.


Our floating support service for people with learning difficulties in Brecon has been awarded a £5,000 funding boost as a reward for its innovative approach to empowering its service users and enabling them to decide on the types of services they would like to receive.

Prior to the new person-centred approach being adopted, service users received support via set care plans. The service's new approach to care now enables users to be more independent, as well as become more involved in their communities.

The funding comes following us entering a UK wide competition run by the Carnegie UK Trust which was set-up to celebrate groups and organisations that are empowering their users and communities, and putting wellbeing at the heart of their work.

The 'Enabling State' competition followed a two year research and development programme by the Carnegie UK Trust, which explored how wellbeing could be improved by changing the relationship between citizens and local and central governments.  Developments towards a more flexible Enabling State have been taking place across the UK, with support from citizens, public services and the community and voluntary sector. Research carried out by the Trust found the majority of the public felt that they had too little control over the public services that they received.

Adrian Roper, our Chief Executive said; "By giving control to our service users, we found that instead of us providing support to perhaps help keep their home clean, which they were actually happy to do themselves, what they really wanted was support to address their loneliness, make friends and to be part of their community. Our users now have the right to decide what support they want and when, and we provide that.

Our approach is all about creating a flexible approach to service care. It has also meant that we have been able to extend our services to support more people throughout the community. 

We are over the moon to have received this additional funding which will allow us to invest in mobile ICT for all staff, enabling them to operate even more efficiently whilst working remotely in a rural area. We would also like to express our appreciation of Powys County Council's Supporting People Team, who have been wonderfully enabling commissioners."

Our floating support service was one of six winners selected to receive funding. They were assessed on their application of Carnegie's eight steps towards an 'Enabling State', as highlighted in the Trust's recent report. Examples include: giving people permission to act, giving people help to do more themselves and investing in disadvantaged communities.



Here's our Brecon Team receiving their award.

Enabling State


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